My brother, who lives in Orange County, California, told me about this video today. By the time I got to a computer, it was already linked up at the Drudge Report.
For all of the talk of decorum and respect recently in the wake of Congressman Joe Wilson’s outburst during Barack Obama’s joint speech to Congress last month, look at the respect given to the governor of California at this particular event at San Francisco’s Fairmount Hotel, with a crowd filled with bay area Democrats. I am certainly no fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger–outside of the movie theater, at least–but between the booing and screaming of expletives such as “fu*k you!” and “kiss my fag*ot ass,” it seems the Democrats have outdone themselves.
Interestingly enough, in an op-ed piece entitled ‘You Lie!’ — Bad Manners or Just Politics?, the San Francisco Chronicle not only defended the hostile reception encountered by the California’s chief executive, but also whitewashed the language used to greet him. Consider some excerpts (emphasis mine):
A San Francisco political fundraiser with a surprise cameo by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ended with boos and calls of “you lie!” and “kiss my gay ass.”
Boos broke out, and so did some unprintable epithets from the audience, as the governor took the stage.
Ammiano, the San Francisco politician known for his outspoken humor and progressive leanings, said he happily led the charge with his call of “You lie!” to Schwarzenegger, along with some racy zingers afterward – including telling the governor as he walked out to “kiss my gay ass.”
So, when a Republican congressman shouts “you lie!” at a president who was obviously not telling the truth about illegal immigrants and health care reform, Maureen Dowd of The New York Times gets away with actually inserting the racially-charged word “boy” into that congressman’s mouth, yet when a Democrat lawmaker shouts “kiss my fag*ot ass,” the media cleans up the language for him? How positively objective.
As for the remarks made by the other Democrats who followed Schwarzenegger, perhaps rather than complaining about the budget cuts and the proposed reduction in pay for in-home workers, they should look at and remedy the cause of much of California’s fiscal crisis — illegal immigration and the health care, education, incarceration and other social services which come along with it. San Francisco, as a sanctuary city, should know something about that.