Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is coming to Yahoo! on Monday to speak. I know this because an all-company e-mail message came out a few days ago to let us know. After his talk, he'll be doing a bit of Q&A, so it also asked us to submit questions to an anonymous e-mail address. But the message didn't say who is screening the questions or offer any guidance at all.

It also says that the event is not open to the public and not for the media. I wonder if I can blog it or take pictures and post 'em on Flickr. I suspect the answer is yes, since the governator is a pretty public figure. But it seems odd to even mention the media at all.

Anyway, I doubt I'll even go, since I'll probably have something more important to do. I have very little patience for politicians. But I look forward to all the jokes and pictures that will likely result from the event.

I wonder if we could get Al Gore. He invented the Internet.

Posted by jzawodn at July 09, 2005 10:39 PM

Reader Comments
# Mookie Kong said:

I look forward to the Governator's visit (not that I really like the guy that much), but I think it'll be cool to see him and see what he really has to say. I am guessing that even though the public and media is not allowed, the Governator would just love to have us blog and post pictures of him on Flickr. His approval rating is in the toilet and I am sure a little boost in the blogosphere (and a few pictures on Flickr) would be nice for him.

on July 9, 2005 10:43 PM
# Mike said:

Oh come on, go to it, take pictures, and blog about it! Get me a signature too!

on July 10, 2005 12:42 AM
# Hanan Cohen said:

I'm no big fan of any US politician, but isn't it time the "Al Gore claimed having invented the Internet" fallacy stops?

on July 10, 2005 01:35 AM
# jack said:

Arnold for President!

I'm no fan of non-US politicians, especially French.

on July 10, 2005 01:40 AM
# Nir said:

Is anyone here a fan of ANY living politician, anywhere? ;-)

on July 10, 2005 03:07 AM
# Aristotle Pagaltzis said:

Hanan: it’s not fallacy so much as parody anymore… really, was it ever anything else?

on July 10, 2005 04:03 AM
# dan isaacs said:

Jeremy, Al "took the initiative in creating the Internet". When he said those words he was responding to a question about his legilative accomplishments. And it's true, he was the leading force in DC to open up DarpaNet. None other than Vincent Cerf says it is true. Of course there is also the Congressional Record, which also bears this out.

The version of history you are repeating is a GOP revised one.

And if there isn't a politician in your community you are a fan of, you must not be paying attention. There are a lot of very cool people that work on school boards, city councils, and the like. They are no less ego driven than Code Whores. :P

on July 10, 2005 04:53 AM
# A not so distant relative... said:

The questions submitted will be "screened" by Arnold's people. The ones actually used will be the ones that his talking points of the week best answer.

Advantage: Arnold


on July 10, 2005 06:03 AM
# Pat said:

I think Al Gore would be far more matter what those hacks Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn have to say about him.

Questions for the governor:

1. California's economy benefited greatly from our state's investment in higher education. Do you plan to invest more in higher education to ensure future benefits?

2. Other states and even cities are getting the moniker of "Silicon Valley of [insert state/city here]" -- like the state of New York and Austin, Texas. Do you have any plans on how to compete with these places? Do you have any plans on how to compete with these places that exist in other countries?

3. How did your mission to get more federal dollars from D.C. go?

4. Recently the budget passed the state houses and is heading to your desk. What do you think should be changed about the entire process to ensure that the budget gets to your desk on time?

5. Do you have more respect for the previous governor now?

on July 10, 2005 08:33 AM
# Michelle said:

I guarantee you all the questions picked will be fluff questions that make him look good. I did submit a question about education and teachers. I'm sure it was the first one to go. I'm still debating whether or not to go, but hey, it could be amusing.

on July 10, 2005 10:25 AM
# jack said:

> California's economy benefited greatly from our state's investment in higher education. Do you plan to invest more in higher education to ensure future benefits?

Not with taxpayers' money and/or raising taxes. Let private companies subsidize students who can't work to put themselves through school (or take advantage of the plethora of existing financial aid).

on July 10, 2005 10:25 AM
# nancy said:

i am planning to attend -- i think it's pretty cool yahoo attracts folks like this to our campus. yahoo employees are influential and there's a lot of us -- smart move for the govenator to get in front of us. considering the general majority of us are pretty liberal, not sure it will make much of a dent in his approval rating but either way, i appreciate the fact that our employer presents the oppty for us to meet/listen to someone like arnold right on campus.

on July 10, 2005 12:20 PM
# jack said:

Yahoo is more conservative than liberal (thankfully):

on July 10, 2005 12:36 PM
# alek said:

Here's a vote to say blog it Jeremy with pictures! ;-)

on July 10, 2005 08:32 PM
# Nathan Arnold said:

I wouldn't say that that Yahoo! is more "more conservative than liberal" simply because Terry Semel donates money to the Republican party.

on July 10, 2005 11:48 PM
# Andre Stechert said:

Al Gore's got an active project in our building (Current TV at 118 King Street in SF) and we sometimes bump into him in the elevator...

on July 11, 2005 02:01 PM
# Caren said:

Ask him to clarify once and for all his statement about "Indians Are Ripping Off The State".

Ask him how many California citizens are employed by the casinos and have excellent benefits paid for by the casino.

Tell him if all the money that is earned by the casinos is returned to the tribal members by way of per capita checks, and all these checks have the federal, state, social security and every other applicable tax withheld how do Indians not pay taxes.

Ask him some hard questions and don't fall for this bigger than life "Hollywood" persona.


on July 11, 2005 03:19 PM
# A. Seo said:

What qualifications does Arnold have to discuss anything internet-related

Perhaps - Tim Berners Lee should have spoke

on July 12, 2005 01:23 PM
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