October 28th, 2009
05:20 PM ET
13 years ago

Did Schwarzenegger say f**k you to legislature?


Did Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger mean to hide a message in this note?

(CNN) - Was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's message to state lawmakers unhappy - or obscene?

That's the current debate in California after the governor sent a letter directed to "Members of the California State Assembly" that appeared to have a subtle but pointed message hidden within the text.

The seven-line note in which the California Republican blasts the legislature for not advancing his administration's proposals on a host of issues appears innocuous enough at first glance.

But upon closer examination, the first letter of every line collectively spells 'f**k you'.

A spokesman for Schwarzenegger said the governor had no intent of hiding the message within his note, calling it a mere "coincidence."

–CNN's Carey Bodenheimer contributed to this story.

soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Vinay John

    what are these guys talking about..... instead of passing important legislature, they want to sit around and focus on whether the letter spells f**k you. What is this country coming to? for crying out loud!
    The governor is actually sick and tired of inaction on important issues, and is desperate for action. (no pun intended)
    Instead of focusing on the important things, we focus on every other bit of nonsense. No wonder we are in this great recession.



    October 28, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. David

    Either way, it's great.

    October 28, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Joel in upsate NY

    Nice one Arnold! NY's legislature needs some butt-kicking too.

    October 28, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    My hope is that it was intentional

    October 28, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. mitch

    I appreciate that the capitalization is correct too. Top shelf

    October 28, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. California Teacher

    I love this. This state is being run into the ground by these sorry excuse of representatives. THEY ALL NEED THE BIG F. YOU. I hope this was really done on purpose, not just a coincidence.

    October 28, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. ArnoldHiFive

    It's obvious that Gov. Schwarzenegger sent a message that the state legislature needed to hear.

    Hi fives and congratulations on a job well done to Gov. Schwarzenegger.

    October 28, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  8. Robin in SC

    HaHa! I just can't believe this was on purpose, but coincidence is mind-boggling too. Either way, good message...including the "f**k you"!

    October 28, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. Lucas

    So what! Good for him. The idiotic luny liberals in CA have ruined a once powerhouse of a state. Califiornia is a joke.

    October 28, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. Go Phils!


    Someone should be throwin' it back in their faces...

    October 28, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. hjrrockies

    Funny, but lets not go all Da Vinci Code here...

    October 28, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  12. cubby fitzpatrick

    take no prisoners ahnold

    October 28, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Dru

    If this story had a "like" button feature, I'd be all over it.

    October 28, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  14. tjkenny

    It would be appropriate for every taxpayer in America to send the Schwarzenegger f*** bomb to Confress for their equally poor performance on the issues.

    October 28, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  15. bob in LA

    For some, reason people have nothing to do but look for things like this.

    Unfortunately the law that went unsigned is lost in all this

    Can you imagine how much more would get done in California and DC if politicians spent less time on thi ssort of thing?

    Knowing when to made a mountain out of a mole hill should be the firts days training when becoming a politician

    YOU see- anyone can play this game!

    October 28, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. wm weeks

    Now, if we just had someone send that same message to the US congress. That's exactly the message they need, Dems and Repubs alike.

    October 28, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. JV

    Coincidence? HA!HA!HA! ....BRAVO Arnold!

    October 28, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. T

    I love how non-Californians proclaim to know what's going on here. Of course it's easy to blame the "liberals" running the state the ground *rolls eyes*. You all have no clue about our election laws that prevent anything useful from happening. Anyone have a clue about the supermajority they need?

    We've also had a REPUBLICAN governor the last few years. Educate yourselves before you keep fanning the same old liberal v. conservative flame that would make useless Rush proud. It's really getting old.

    October 28, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. Amazing

    Arnold is my hero 🙂

    October 28, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. Nephi Fowler

    Are you Serious? This is absolutely ridiculous to pick apart his message so minutely and project something he never said. Grow up Media!!

    October 28, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. VelvetElvis

    It's funny that "Lucas" here in the comments blames liberals for CA's downfall ... but the initiative Gov. Arnold wants to pass ARE ones which "liberals" would favor - it's the "hands-off-government, do-nothing for everyday folks" GOP'ers who have repeatedly stalled on issues to help CA citizens.

    October 28, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. doofus


    Go Arnold! With more governing bodies were that bold. Even if not intended.

    October 28, 2009 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Vicki

    Whoever picked up on this one needs to get a life!!!!

    October 28, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  24. D. Tree

    You don't want a passive aggressive governor running the largest state in the country!

    October 28, 2009 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
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