All that dance practice for naught

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said today: “After meeting with my doctor he has advised me to rest, elevate my leg and stay off of my feet for as long as possible. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend pre-inaugural activities on Thursday. I am pleased that Maria and so many environmental and business leaders will be there for the exciting event taking place Thursday. However, I am really looking forward to giving my speech on Friday to the people of this state who so graciously elected me.”

Sez orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kevin Ehrhart: “Governor Schwarzenegger is recovering from significant surgery on his femur. His recovery has been extraordinary and I am adamant he not do anything that could jeopardize that recovery. I will continue to advise him on his health through his swearing-in, inaugural speech, state-of the state, and budget presentation.”

So the dancing will have to wait for another time:

The Governor’s 2007 Inaugural Committee announced today that the swearing-in ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday in Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium will feature live open-to-the-public outdoor performances by musical talent and performers and a live feed for the ceremony to a large screen at the front of the auditorium. The ceremony also will be Webcast live on the Governor’s Web site, but due to space limitations inside the auditorium, the swearing-in ceremony itself it for ticketholders only.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.