Schwarzenegger Booed at Mayor Villaraigosa’s Inauguration

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger got no love from the crowd at the inauguration of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Friday:

Former Vice President Al Gore; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver; and former California Govs. Jerry Brown, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis were there.

When many in the crowd booed Villaraigosa’s introduction of Schwarzenegger, the new mayor brusquely silenced the protesters. “Angelenos, excuse me,” he said. “There will be civility today.”

Other dignitaries who witnessed the governor’s indignity included New York mayor Michael Bloomberg; the current and former mayors of San Francisco, Gavin Newsome and Willie Brown; the Mexican ambassador Carlos de Icaza and actor David Hasselhof.

I’m told that Natalie Cole brought the house down with “God Bless America.”


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