Thursday, September 02, 2004

Aaa-nuld needs to get his facts straight...

First of all, let me just say that I'm so effing sick and tired of hearing the Gropenator pepper his speeches with lines that either reference his films...well, they're not really films so much as movies...or the lines are lifted right from the dialogue of the movie. Coopting TV show writing from a parody of Arnold isn't much better, especially when it's used in a derogitory manner. However, all of that doesn't bother me as much as Arnold's claim of how he became a Republican. He claims that he was listening to the Richard Nixon-Hubert Humphrey Presidential debates as a newly arrived immigrant, and not knowing much English, Arnold had an German-speaking friend translate for him. Now, putting aside the somewhat dubious notion that a German-English-speaking bodybuilder with an interest and knowledge of politics sufficient to translate accurately even existed in the late 60s, there is a bigger problem with this story...there was no such debate in 1968.

Arnold has told this fib on quite a few occasions, apparantly, but unfortunately for him, there doesn't seem to be a hint of truth to it. Why, then, is that fact not being headlined in the newspapers from the Gropenator's speech coverage? If this were Al Gore saying "I kissed Tipper before I came on stage for this speech" the coverage would not be of the content of Gore's speech, it would about whether in fact there was a pre-speech buss, and how Gore was a serial lier for saying that he played tonsil-hockey with his wife. Hell, I found an LA Times article from a freakin year ago that debunks this "All-'Merkin" tale of Arnolds, why the hell don't people call him on it?

I'm gonna be sick. Below you can find the text of the article...

Fresh from Austria, a socialist country, Arnold Schwarzenegger decided to become a Republican after listening to "the debates of Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon when they were debating for the presidential race," or so he told television talk show host Bill O'Reilly in May 2001.

" ... Hubert Humphrey spoke about things I heard in Austria under socialism."

But there was no presidential debate in 1968. Although Humphrey challenged Nixon to a debate, Nixon, who won the election, demurred.

Schwarzenegger previously recounted his version of history during an interview at the 2000 Republican National Convention. "When I came to this country, I was sitting in front of the television set, and I watched a debate between Humphrey and Nixon, and I didn't even understand half of it because my English wasn't good enough then. I had a friend of [mine] translating...."

Much the same account reappeared in a recent Newsweek magazine article about him. Schwarzenegger "was a Republican before he was a citizen," Newsweek wrote, "having watched a 1968 presidential debate for which a friend provided the translation. "[Hubert] Humphrey stood for the government [that] will solve all your problems," Schwarzenegger recalled. "[Richard] Nixon said no, free to choose, let the people decide. So I said to my friend, which party is Nixon? He said Republican. OK, I said, I'm a Republican."

In other accounts of his political conversion, including a TV interview with "Hardball's" Chris Matthews last year, Schwarzenegger made no reference to presidential debates, instead saying that he made up his mind to be a Republican after listening to news conferences and speeches by Humphrey and Nixon in 1968.

Sean Walsh, a spokesman for the Schwarzenegger campaign, said Tuesday that the candidate never saw any debate. He said Schwarzenegger recalls having heard Humphrey and Nixon talking on TV, and he asked a friend to translate what they were saying for him. "He heard the two of them talking and someone was translating for him what they were saying."

Los Angeles Times August 20, 2003 Wednesday.

Of course, SOO many people saw the article last year, because it was on PAGE 18!!!! Yet stories of Billy's cigar habit are front page news. Unreal. Biased liberal media my ass.


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