Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't too pleased with a bill that crossed his desk, so he used wordplay skills to show his feelings on the matter.
Chalk this one up to coincidence if you want, but it appears that California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger left a hidden message in his written denial to California lawmakers over the signing of a certain bill. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano's AB 1176, a fairly standard bill meant to aid the Port of San Francisco with its financial issues, passed across Schwarzenegger's desk recently, though he chose not so sign it. For his reasoning, he wrote:
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.
Looks like a pretty tame letter right? That is, until as the San Francisco Bay Guardian noticed, the letter's true, hidden message is uncovered. Bluntly, in the format presented, the beginning letter of each line spells out "F**k You."
The message was most likely aimed at the bill's author, Tom Ammiano, who has been very critical of Schwarzenegger lately. Ammiano was not amused when the governor showed up earlier this month at a Democratic event, saying, amongst other things, that Schwarzenegger could "kiss my gay ass." On one hand, the message is a clever way to deal with a political foe while being able to claim that it is an innocent coincidence. On the other hand, I would hope the bill wasn't anything important and was ignored so the Governator could play a silly word game.