But wait a minute, I already wrote about this - just little over four months ago: CFO Folklore: When Your Boss's Secretary Becomes His Girlfriend. Well, not about Arnie per se, but about bosses having affairs with their employees.
Obviously, it was based on incidents I have witnessed in business, as a financial professional. I wrote the piece from the inside perspective of frustrated CFOs and Controllers, who are forced to deal with that. Yet, I used very generalized terms, because it is the most typical type of infidelity.
I don't think I have to remind you about all political scandals with exactly the same premise. I never thought that the only reason these incidents ignited public attention was people's relishing the dirt. It is the relevance of these situations to every-day life that attracts people: "Oh, he is just like that dick I work for." As the matter of fact, that January post is the third most popular item on this Blog - people relate.
There is always an enterprising (rarely smitten) young and ambitions intern/staffer/secretary/page (she or he) in the office of a powerful older man, who, driven by desire to excel in life without too much effort, will pursue the boss with all her (his) youthful enthusiasm. And of course, the older person is weakened: his male nature already has a propensity for imprudence; his morals are corrupted by power; he is ridden with temptation to taste something 20-25 years younger... "What a poor man to do?"
As the matter of fact, small business owners have it better than more powerful public figures like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Bill Clinton. The latter risk public humiliation and popularity votes; the former have almost nothing to fear in their little absolute monarchies.
The truth is, I liked Mr. Schwarzenegger up until he went into politics. I admired his drive to rise above his muscles. He actually always seemed liked a pretty decent man to me - someone who, if he fell out of love, would just come clean, divorce her and then go on making babies with another woman. I should have known that as soon as "political reasoning" kicked in, lying would commence. That they kept quiet, so he wouldn't loose his supporters - it's just disgusting.
It is uncanny, but the former action star's news of an out-of-wedlock child, hit much closer to the real-life prototype of Boss and His Secretary story I wrote in January - I've just recently learned that the secretary in question is actually pregnant, while the boss is still legally married to his wife of twenty years.
I would like to propose a little contest. My readers, if you know of a single male business owner over 50 year old, with the staff of more than 20 people, who never had any indiscretions, please let me know. I will sing praises to him in these virtual pages.