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. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    LOL, well maybe some executives do need to tell their state assemblies this. The time to cut spending is here, we can no longer pass the tough choices onto the next generations.
    Here in NY with a budget shortfall, our state assembly increased spending? Increased their pay? increased staffing for themselves? NY leads all states with loss of population and business over the last ten years. Do you think it could be the high tax rate? Hmmmmm
    Are state or even federal governments too big to fail? And who bails them out? China? the time has come. NO More spending, no more new laws, no more bail outs, only reduced spending, reduced regualtion, and reduced government is going to be required.

    October 28, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Among other things, I'm a mathematician. The odds of this being an accident are essentially zero.

    Good on the Governator!

    October 28, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  3. Roy Arellano

    Wish more politicians where more upfront and direct as this message comes-off. If anyone took offense, then oh well, take it as what you believe....

    October 28, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  4. Michael

    That's a "coincidence" and Sarah Palin's a Democrat. Recall Schwarzenegger now!

    October 28, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. doug

    ha! this is quite clever, whether it's intentional or not.

    October 28, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Bob in Pa

    Whether he did or didn't mean to, way to go Arnold !

    October 28, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Tony Rosario

    I like this guy. Right to the point.

    October 28, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. BillG

    Well, it MAY have been unintentional, but it certainly was apropos.

    October 28, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. dave

    you forgot about the last two letters,the S and A or state assembly.

    October 28, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  10. Will

    If it was coincidental, I would like to see someone calculate the odds.

    I wouldn't be surprised if most of the people that will be complaining about it are just upset that they didn't think of it first.

    October 28, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. Mark

    Hey Arnold has a tough fight with all those liberal Californians that want free hand outs from the state disregarding the actual cost to their state deficit!

    October 28, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  12. S

    If you look more closely it actually says "I f**k you"... 😉

    October 28, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  13. Hypocrisy

    This is overreaching

    October 28, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. T

    Haha, that's great, regardless of intention.

    October 28, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. single mom

    I don't think he meant to, but considering the way the entire State Assembly has been behaving, I wouldn't blame him!

    October 28, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Jeff

    What was Assembly Bill 1176 about?

    October 28, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. Gary, Los Angeles

    If he did that, good for him. I feel the exact same way about the Assembly! You go Gov!

    October 28, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. Idiot_Pelosi

    Kudos to Arnold for b-slapping some moron in the state house.

    October 28, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  19. TM in CO

    Figures the media would read that in anything Arnie does..........Geeze

    October 28, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Igor

    That's classic. 🙂

    October 28, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. A. Californian

    I'm not a fan Arnold, I don't wholly dislike him either. Two things interest me about this article:

    1) He vetoed this "San Francisco area" infrastructure bill while a nearly 80 year old bridge is (and has been) literally falling apart. Probably not the smartest of decisions.

    2) CNN is resorting to four-letter words with asterisks to seemingly sway the reader into being angry at the governor. Nowhere in this letter to the assembly does it say, or infer anything except "I don't like your bill, send me a bill that i like". But to CNN, I guess that means he's saying "..f**k you to the legislature"

    Top-notch reporting there folks. "Did CNN say f**k you to mature, neutral journalism?" What a joke.

    October 28, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Jill, California

    Now he wants to appear like he a governor? Please Arnie. Go back to making bad movies.....

    October 28, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. Enough

    Good for him, we are sick and tired of the tax and spend Liberals bankrupting California.

    October 28, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. AEK

    Okay, now that's funny! Way to go Governor Terminator!

    October 28, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. JL

    Hilarious. 🙂 HOWEVER, a.) every first letter spells "f**k you" only if you leave the first sentence out (which starts with I), and b.) there's nothing about the sentences that seem "contrived" just to get that affect. I don't think this was on purpose – which would make it even funnier.

    Oh, and CNN? Grow up.

    October 28, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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