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. TexGal

    Come on, that was FUNNY!

    It is like Britany Spears' song "If You Seek Amy" that caused such a stir a while back [although that was actually worse because it was played on the radio and had a catchy tune so there were little girls singing it]. Way to go Arnold [or, more likely, Arnold's assistant].

    October 28, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Gogov

    Well stated arnold, seems like cal is full of liberal freaks, look what they send to congress

    October 28, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    The only time I'll ever say this:

    I wish Obama would follow Ahhhhnie's lead on this.

    October 28, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Philly

    Funny and interesting story. Why are people so upset that CNN posted this? They post many bits of news.

    October 28, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. unshrub

    Maybe, but they deserved it.

    October 28, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Kelly

    Arnold for President.

    October 28, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  7. terminator II

    This is a brilliant response. A copy should be made for every member of our United States Congress.

    October 28, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. yellance

    sooo what brilliant mind journelist came up with this dumb theory? Whoever came up with it should be hang out to dry and treated like crap

    October 28, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. The Party of No = The Party of Nobody

    Couldn't blame him if he did, really. But what I find interesting are all the positive comments from (obviously) Republicans on this thread when weren't these the same ones who were screaming bloody murder that Rep. Grayson called that lobbyist a not-so-nice name in an interview over a month ago???? Double standard much?

    October 28, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Debatekid

    In my opinion they got told what they deserve from a person that is able to voice his opinion and have it heard, after all they aren't doing their job their just sitting on their fat pay checks

    October 28, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. phoenix86

    If Arnold planned this, kudos to him. What a great letter.

    October 28, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Greg

    Like he actually wrote the letter himself... get real people, one of his staffers wrote the letter, all he had to do was sign it! No different some bored, or disgruntled cartoonist putting phallic symbols in Disney movies! Arnold wishes it had been his idea... but I'm sure he got a laugh out of it as well.

    October 28, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Rob

    Classic. I think regardless of your political affiliation or you like/dislike for Arnold we can all agree the "great state of California" is going to crap. This this is indeed a real letter, it only says what the rest of us are thinking.

    October 28, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. j

    Has the news media ever heard of word wrap? Geez, give us a real news story.

    October 28, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    This is stupid. And it is not a bomb, it is a curse word. And if you make a big deal out of it, kids and young adults will repeat the word to "shock" people. This whole episode, from Amiano on, reeks of immaturity. What's really bad here is that there are commentators who approve of this. Our country has deteriorated to the point where people are thinking bad behavior is acceptable. Just pathetic.

    October 28, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. Hari

    This odds for this to be a coincidence is like few billions to one right? 🙂

    October 28, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. FoxTrotter

    Oh here it is....under CNN news. Couldn't find this story over on FOXNews. I guess they don't know what real news is.

    October 28, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Ridgeway

    OK. I think it was cryptic and he knew only Libs could decode it and they did.

    October 28, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. gailschum

    I love this! I am a "yellow-dog" Democrate but I think this show of franknes and moxy is just what is often needed but also so often lacking in our political system today. I may not agree w/Arnold on his political point of view but I give him a lot of points and credit here for standing up and being direct and to the point. More power to him!

    October 28, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. JS007

    If he did, BRAVO! The man is donating his time to try to help the state but is being hobbled every step of the way by spineless losers only focused on re-election, partisan games and taking bribes (aka campaign contributions) from special interests. Barack Obama should say the same thing to the Congress filled with creeps like Joe Lieberman and Mitch McConnel.

    October 28, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  21. Carl

    I am a Democrat.

    I generally don't like what Republicans do.

    But I support Arnold on this.

    Well Done Arnold. Keep Kicking these A$$OLES.

    October 28, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. Reader

    It's obviously not a coincidence. If you don't think so, go calculate probability of this happening randomly. But wait until you finish reading this before you go, because you won't be back any time soon.

    It was well executed and I think it was VERY indicative of the opinion of the public towards the state assembly.
    The context of the letter in it's entirety says the same thing, only in a more politically correct wording.
    In case the assembly members were too stupid to understand it (which is true for most assembly members), he spelled it out for them.

    Well done, sir.

    October 28, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  23. The Film Professor

    Funny stuff ! This is one liberal who loves The Terminator !

    October 28, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. lawlz

    Well done Arnold!!! You are the man!!!

    October 28, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  25. Antonio

    Go Arnold!!!

    I'll bet his office tipped off CNN beforehand, just to get the press.

    October 28, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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