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

Did Schwarzenegger say f**k you to legislature?

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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. Cindy

    Very clever, governator.. intentional or not! This letter is a keeper!

    October 28, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. txpoodoo

    I hope it wasn't coincidence....

    October 28, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Dave C - NJ

    I hope he DID mean it. Good for him. Everyone needs to stop being such a crybaby.

    October 28, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Zago

    That was smart of him. I think president Obama needs this draft for congress too. Can't stop laughing!

    October 28, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  5. Minnesota Liberal

    Funny as this is, I doubt that's what he meant. He's just ticked because his fiscal policy earlier means that Cali has no money now.

    October 28, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. Jay T.

    Just when I thought he couldn't do anything any more dumb, he goes and pulls a stunt like this....AND TOTALLY REDEEMS HIMSELF!

    October 28, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. God n' Country

    Yes He Did! HAHAHAHAHA

    October 28, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Bruce H.

    The overwhelmingly large question, here, though, is WHO, perchance, found themselves "with so much time on their hands" as to actually discover this "first letter of each line" thing ?

    Someone in the press ? A private citizen ? Who ? !!!

    Unless and until someone can give us some incontrovertible evidence, that it was someone in the Governor's office, or perhaps even the Governor himself !, who was behind making this eminently forgettable fact known tot he public, and that the Governor himself, or someone acting on his behalf [with or without the Governor's knowledge] was ultimately behind this note being composed in this particular specific way, then I think it best we all just "let this one lie", and forget about it.

    Otherwise, it's "just too distressing" to think of the pointless ways with which press people might try to fill their time, amidst 24 hour hour news cycles, or with which ordinary [many of them out of work ?]citizens may end up filling their days, "just nosing around into very random things", and this would certainly not then be considered IN ANY WAY IMPORTANT "news" ! : )

    October 28, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Daniel Horton

    What are they supposed to say? Of course it was intentional.

    October 28, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Shirley In California

    Well, since he never learned to speak English anyway...who knows what he's saying. All I care about is – he leaves the State of California and goes away. Another rich republican who screwed everything up and landed in the history books.

    October 28, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  11. Flex

    LOL! However, I sincerely doubt that Schwarzenegger could have put that much thought into the overall design process.

    Very cool!

    October 28, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Terry from West Texas

    Arnold is not my favorite politician, but he is head and shoulders above the rest of the Republican Party. Our legislators and Congressmen are concerned not with the future of our Republic and the welfare of its citizens. Instead, they are concerned with who gets the contract.

    I say Hooray for the Governator.

    October 28, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  13. John G

    MY guess is coincidence....I wish it was intentional though. No legislative body in this country is doing anything useful right now and I'm pretty sick of it

    October 28, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  14. File under "Sarcasm"

    He should have taken credit for it even if it was accidental.

    October 28, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  15. Brian - Seattle

    No question that was intended. Kicks the can? Totally chosen for the "K".

    October 28, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  16. Guilty Bystander

    That's pretty clever, actually.

    Same to you, Arnie.

    October 28, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Milton R

    Ha ha! I would dare to say that an overwhelming bulk of Californians would be very happy if that was, in fact, the case. But it is very safe to say that such is simply a mere coincidence. Sometimes we find meaning into what we believe really needs to be said to us; the state legislature is a failure and a fraud to the people of our state. Abusing the people of the state and always benefiting the interests of big business will have a limit someday; we are a pure reflection of the last 8 years of our country's presidency.

    October 28, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. bob

    I can't say i blame him either way. Even if it was just coincidence, California's legislature is a joke. He should table a new constitution and get it ratified through a popular vote.

    October 28, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. he is just unhappy he cannot be president

    so sorry terminator

    if you were a better governor, this might not have happened

    October 28, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. mike

    And if you read it backwards, it will tell you who the next President will be.

    October 28, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Jimmy Carter, Part 2

    Tom Ammiano who is barely understandable through his lisp and high-pitched voice deserved it for his own child-like behavior.

    October 28, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. JMac

    If he did mean what it said....classic! I didn't think he was that smart.

    October 28, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Skep

    I think that using the phrase, "kicks the can down the alley," removes any possibility of it being a coincidence.

    October 28, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. Rob in Toronto, Canada

    It's possible :). They say that if an infinite number of monkeys were to type away for an infinite number of years they would eventually produce the collected works of Shakepeare.

    October 28, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Heidi

    Even if it was coincidence, I love it. California has been plagued with serious issues that have gone unresolved in the name of partisanship. Why should the citizens continue to suffer when the crises – health care, failing infrastructure and unemployment, for example – effect all of us despite political ideology?? When will our elected officials begin caring about us first?!

    October 28, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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