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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses the 2009 SAE World Congress

2009 SAE World Congress Opening Ceremonies at Cobo Center -- Part Five

2009 SAE World Congress Opening Ceremonies at Cobo Center -- Part Four

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm addresses the SAE -- Part Two

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm addresses the 2009 SAE World Congress

2009 SAE World Congress Opening Ceremonies at Cobo Center in Detroit

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Thursday, 23 April, 2009 10:17 PM

The Governator Comes to Detroit Gushing with Love for Hummers

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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses the SAE World Congress on April 20, 2009.

by Mike Wrathell
mwrathell@yahoo.com

 

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses the 2009 SAE World Congress

2009 SAE World Congress Opening Ceremonies at Cobo Center -- Part Five

2009 SAE World Congress Opening Ceremonies at Cobo Center -- Part Four

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm addresses the SAE -- Part Two

DETROIT -- "There is nothing wrong with the Hummer," exclaimed Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger as he greeted our Governoress Jennifer Granholm and an enthusiastic crowd of Michiganders and Michigeese at Cobo Center in Detroit on a wet Monday morning. But no one minded the moisture in the air, knowing the Governator was coming, however late.

The mood was a bit tense, the pressure was rising, and no one wanted to let go and feel the joy of the moment until they had the Governator's visage right between their eyes. I joked that I wanted to hear a Germanic-sounding speaker say "California" who spoke after Jennifer but before Arnold, and all I got was glum, humorless glances back. Sheesh, lighten up, you auto engineers! Wake up and smell the roses!

Speaking of Governor Granholm, she was looking good, mole and all, in a tight-fitting cobalt blue pant suit that put Hillary Clinton to shame. She kept the mic warm for Arnold as his special hydrogen-burning Hummer came into Cobo so he could take over from our silver-tongued Governoress.

I noticed that they did not seem very chummy with each other. I think maybe he likes Hummers more than she does. Being a Canadian, maybe she likes riding those Canadian garbage trucks that dump their loads here more than those powerful Hummers in Arnold's garage. Jennifer got some extra face-time with the crowd as the Governator came a few minutes later than expected as it was such a very wet morning from Romulus to Cobo. When Arnold did finally arrive, she was far out-shined by the SuperStar Governator, like a Kuiper belt comet to Rigel, the blue supergiant star of the constellation Orion.

Granholm referred to bankruptcy for GM as "the B-word," which took me a second to discern. I wonder if Granholm's stony greeting for Arnold had him thinking "the B-word" meant something else....

Arnold spoke of "pushing Washington" and added, "I think we can be the leading country in fighting global warming." I wonder if you can waterboard global warming. That would cool it off. Maybe do it 183 times. That should do the trick!

The Governator complained of the lack of leadership in Washington for the past three administrations, but tactfully said Obama seemed to be more on the ball. Finally, he offered to do a teevy commercial to promote Detroit and American-made cars and that really produced an orgasmic effect on the crowd and everyone left smiling. Afterwards, both the Governator and the Governoress went back stage for more consultations on how to save the Hummer and other green matters.

 

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CNBC Automotive Reporter Phil LeBeau interviews Schwarzenegger.

 

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Schwarzenegger said Detroit has been slow in advancing alternative energy powered vehicles.

 

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Schwarzenegger said he would do commercials to promote Michigan cars for free.

 

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