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. Cynthia R

    Funny. How much manpower was spent picking that out?

    October 28, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Chris

    I don't think it was coincidence. Notice the line justification at the right and side of the letter. The paragraphs don't line up on the right. It was written with the indents 'justified' then moved on the right in the second paragraph so the words would fall just right. Very funny!

    October 28, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  3. Adam S.

    I love it! WTG Arnie!

    October 28, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  4. km in STL

    This article just made my day. Good to you Gov Schwarzenegger!

    October 28, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  5. David from WI

    That is brilliant. If you like or dislike the Gov of CA or the politics involved.

    That is clever.

    Did Lucy in the Sky with diamonds mean LSD..? Probably no and there was a Lucy.

    Gov can call it the Lennon denial

    October 28, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  6. Gregg

    It looks intentional to me. The awkward use of phases like 'kick the can' makes it seem like he was straining to make the letters work.

    I love this.

    October 28, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Patrick Murphy

    The Governor is just saying what a lot of citizens feel about their elected "representatives." Intended or not: Nicely said!

    October 28, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  8. Ted

    Of course, what was lost in this is that the legislature in CA is a bunch of do-nothings. Maybe they should be fired and replace.

    October 28, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  9. Helen

    GO Arnold!

    Whether or not he intended it, it's AWESOME!!!!

    And I agree with him!

    He's one ballsy dude!


    October 28, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  10. Northern Guy

    I dream of days like this. It better be true!

    October 28, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. obummer, 1 and done

    Way to go Arnold!

    And you want the US to emulate CA by implementing the same liberal type policies?

    Maybe the letter should be addressed to all the liberals. Especially pelosi, reid and obummer himself.

    October 28, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. mjm

    I think you're giving Arnold too much credit. He's not that smart.

    October 28, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. Randy, Vancouver BC

    Of course, Arnie...it's just a coincidence. Sad though, if that stupid constitutional caveat weren't in your way, there would be no doubt in my mind as to who the President of the US would be in 2013. Shame...you represent so much of what the American dream is all about, and there isn't a thing you've done that wasn't 150% excellent.

    October 28, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Trip7

    This must have been written by an aide, Arnie's not that smart...

    October 28, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Henry

    Spokesperson said it was a mere "coincidence" – too bad, I was rooting that Arnold stepped up to the plate and said what everyone else would like to say!

    October 28, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  16. Dave from NC

    Another reason to love Arnold. If it was intentional: it was brilliant. If it wasn't: still brilliant to whomever picked up on it.

    To quote the master himself (in response to the question of what is good in life):

    To crush the enemy.
    To see them driven before you.
    To hear the lamentation of the women.

    And if any of you get offended by that, go out and get some medical mary jane and lighten up. Conan the Barbarian was one of the greatest movies evah. EVAH!

    October 28, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. william fitzwater

    Now why would think
    a governor would paint such a
    negative comment to look so
    indeed ?

    All in the eve of the beholder. However if he did that . thats just shows how petty he is.

    October 28, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  18. bill

    why don't I see it?

    October 28, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. Mr. South Texas


    The California Legislature is not gonna allow the no-brain governor conduct a firesale of the California government.

    He wants to privatize prisons so we can stop focusing on reforming criminals and instead just profit from them resulting in the inevitable release of more dangerous individuals back into society after their sentence is complete.

    He wants to privatize the water systems so they can jack up the rates and spend less money making sure the water is actually clean.

    And don't even get me started on why he backs the multimillion dollar insurance company contributors... i meant health care reform. This man is so self-serving and pathetically ineffective that all he can do, for lack of a working brain, is spell F-you to the Legislature in a letter.

    I'm surprised his brain was even able to do that. Must have been a staffer that helped him formulate the plan. It sounds too advanced for the Governator.

    October 28, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. hcatbr

    In fact, it is a step further!

    It is "I f**k you."

    October 28, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Jon

    Funny. But doesn't anyone have a problem with the governor of a state not signing a bill out of spite? "You won't tackle the problems I think are important, so I'm not going to sign this bill, even though it might be in the best interests of the state." Not the kind of governor I would want.

    October 28, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Steve, Rochester NY

    When I saw the headline, I thought Arnie said it out loud. And my comment was going to be: "So what!?' It's time for people to stop being shocked by 'that word'. It's been around for centuries, more people say it than will admit to it, and sometimes it's the only response that makes sense. After reading the article, I had to laugh. Whether it's a hoax, real, or an accident, it's wonderful and it's what a lot of us would like to say to the people who 'represent' us.

    October 28, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Absolutely fabulous!! Way to go Governor!!!

    October 28, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  24. diridi

    he should say this to Mitch Mcconnol where 578,000 unisured in kentaky...and Mitt Rumley, and John Bhoener, and this old idiot Joe Leiberman to put roadblocks in health care reform with public option....bravo...bravo....Arnold......bravo...bravo....he should run for president...or he should be pres. obama's advisor...at least till the health care passes with public option....God bless...ARNY....

    October 28, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. mary

    Arnold, we need your letter in Michigan ! We actually need to get a balanced budget, yet the state refuses to see the necessity.

    October 28, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
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