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‘Dess Eeer Uht Foh Da Vandurvel Seetey Uhv Vahncooooovahhhh!’

Let me just state that it is much easier to speak Schwarzeneggerese than it is to write it. Sheesh.

Thousands of gawkers lined up early this morning in Vancouver’s Stanley Park to catch a glimpse of the governor of Kawlleefohrnyah Ahhnold Schwarzenegger carrying the Olympic Torch before he handed it off  Sebastian Coe, the chairman of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Schwarzenegger began his leg with the flame at 7:03 a.m., just as the sun began to come up, surrounded by hundreds of screaming fans.

Security guards cleared the way for the former movie star and bodybuilder as he walked the flame to Brockton Point Lighthouse overlooking Vancouver and handed it off to former British Olympian Sebastian Coe, head of the London 2012 Organizing Committee, in an extended photo-op for journalists.

Is it just me, or does the fact that a politician from the United States, not to mention a reputed steroid user, was carrying the torch so close to the end of its journey? Were there not Canadian officials who would have been better choices? Or am I missing something here?

Meh. What do I care? At least a group of die-hard fans in attendance were clever enough to make a “GET TO DA CHOPPAH!” reference (below), and to me, that’s what really counts.

UPDATE: Video and Photos | Schwarzenegger carries Olympic torch [The Seattle Times]
Emotional torch relay nears end in Vancouver [CBC]
Arnold Schwarzenegger lights up Olympics despite steroids row [The Guardian]
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger carries the Olympic torch; movie fans line up at Stanley Park [The Seattle Times]