October 28th, 2009

Drunken President

The Governator

He's tired of signing bills that don't address the pet causes he deems important. So when another unworthy bill crossed his desk recently for signing – addressing funding issues for the Port of San Francisco – the guv vetoed it and sent lawmakers a little note saying why. Only the note said a little more than lawmakers were expecting. Buried in the text was a hidden message directed at State Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, author of the bill, according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Ammiano had strongly criticized the governor in early October and reportedly told Schwarzenegger at the time to "kiss my gay ass." Schwarzenegger's veto letter, issued a couple of days later, reads:

To the Members of the California State Assembly:
I am returning Assembly Bill 1176 without my signature.
For some time now I have lamented the fact that major issues are overlooked while many
unnecessary bills come to me for consideration. Water reform, prison reform, and health
care are major issues my Administration has brought to the table, but the Legislature just
kicks the can down the alley.
Yet another legislative year has come and gone without the major reforms Californians
overwhelmingly deserve. In light of this, and after careful consideration, I believe it is
unnecessary to sign this measure at this time.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

When asked by the Bay Guardian if the message was intentional, Schwarzenegger's spokesman said only, "What a strange coincidence." The paper noted that he was "clearly being sarcastic." (From Wired.Com. Here's a link to another story by ABC News, and a link to the PDF file on the CA.Gov website.) As you may recall from The Terminator, that is one of the standard responses with which he is programmed: