Arnold Schwarzenegger back, this time as think tank guru

Arnold Schwarzenegger

He's been a governor, a movie star and the world's greatest body builder, but Arnold Schwarzenegger isn't done yet.

The man who never tires of telling people he'll be back returned again Monday, this time as a global policy wonk and statesman dedicated to leading America into what he calls a new post-partisan era.

Schwarzenegger, in a dark suit, crisp white shirt and red tie, appeared at the University of Southern California to officially launch the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy with a symposium featuring some of the most notable names in politics and entertainment.

For the former Republican governor of California, the symposium marked a sudden public re-emergence after leaving office nearly two years ago with a mixed record that he suggested Monday accomplished about half of what he had set out to do.

He's hoping that through the institute, created with a $20 million commitment from Schwarzenegger and others, he can accomplish the rest, tackling issues such as hunger, health care and global warming.

Officials say he'll also take an active role in teaching at USC. The institute's academic director, Nancy Staudt, referred to him several times as ``professor Schwarzenegger.''

Schwarzenegger is also publishing his autobiography next week and has a pair of movies in post-production. One of them, ``The Tomb,'' co-stars his old buddy Sylvester Stallone. The other, ``The Last Stand,'' opens in January and got a brief plug at the symposium's afternoon panel discussion on Hollywood and culture.

His return to the spotlight will also include a segment Sunday on ``60 Minutes'' to promote the book and discuss, among other things, the affair he had with his maid that resulted in a son out of wedlock and destroyed his marriage to Maria Shriver.

No questions were taken during the symposium's first panel, which was attended by about 700 people and featured Schwarzenegger in an hour-long discussion of partisan politics that was moderated by Cokie Roberts and featured Republican Sen. John McCain, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, a Democrat, and others.

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