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Here is the link to the entire Oprah/Michelle/Carolyn/Maria rally in LA yesterday…


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Michelle, Maria, Caroline and Oprah on the Hustings in California
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Forty-eight hours before the closest thing America has ever had to a national primary, four extraordinary women put on the best campaign rally I’ve seen in 20 years of covering presidential politics.

The pitch-perfect event in U.C.L.A.’s basketball arena started like every other Barack Obama event — chants of “yes we can” and signs pitching the power of hope. Mr. Obama campaigned on the East Coast Sunday, but by the time this rally ended, Michelle Obama, Caroline Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver had crystallized the challenge Senator Hillary Clinton will face if she wins the Democratic nomination. She will have to figure out how to preserve the energy and excitement that Mr. Obama has stirred in his supporters, especially in once-alienated young voters.

The most recent poll here suggests that Mr. Obama has cut deeply into a double-digit lead for Mrs. Clinton in the biggest delegate prize of Tuesday’s primaries. Certainly, in that moment at the rally, the Obama campaign seemed to have a monopoly on what is hip, young and glamorous in California.

Before the event got into full swing, giant screens showed a video by of the Black Eyed Peas. A visually diverse lineup of stars — the actresses Scarlett Johansson and Amber Valletta; the rapper Common; the singer John Legend; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — recited and sang along with a film of Mr. Obama’s speech the night he lost the New Hampshire primary.

The crowd was screaming with delight when it saw Ms. Kennedy, who brought her uncle Senator Edward Kennedy and now, remarkably, her cousin Ms. Shriver, wife of Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, into the Obama campaign.

Ms. Kennedy previewed Ms. Shriver’s surprising appearance by urging Democrats to “step out of your lives and into this moment in history.”

Ms. Winfrey — finally — spoke to the most emotionally fraught aspect of this contest. “Now look at this campaign: the two front-runners are a black man and a woman,” she said. “What that says to me is we have won the struggle and we have the right to compete.”

Instead of seeing a painful choice, voters, Ms. Winfrey urged, should see a moment when they “are free from the constraints of gender and race.”

After watching the candidates struggle with the issue, painfully and awkwardly, in the past month, it was a relief to hear someone finally frame it in a way that celebrated what the Democratic Party has achieved — and then move beyond it.

Ms. Kennedy and Ms. Winfrey have more star power than pretty much anyone in this country. But it was Mrs. Obama who presented the challenge to Mrs. Clinton. Speaking without a script, wandering the stage and pumping her arms, she was intellectually powerful, even fierce at times, in making her political arguments and did not hesitate to jab at the Clintons’ legacy. “In my lifetime,” she said, “through Republican and Democratic administrations, it hasn’t got better for ordinary folks.”

But she also allowed herself to offer the full-throated praise of her husband that she avoided in earlier stages of the campaign. She spoke about his character, about his ability to lead, and aimed squarely at the criticism that his résumé is too thin.

Mrs. Obama spoke about her husband’s time in the Illinois State Legislature as if it were more important than serving in Congress or as a governor because it made him understand the impact that federal laws have on ordinary Americans. The effect was to put added flesh on Mr. Obama’s broader message of change and hope.

“We are still a nation that is too guided by fear,” she said, adding: “We are raising a generation of young people who are doubtful, who are insular.”

Ultimately, presidential campaigns are — or at least should be — about the candidates, not their spouses or surrogates. Bill Clinton, who packs his own star power, has been a big draw as well as a big drag on his wife’s campaign.

The Times editorial board has endorsed Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy, and we are enthusiastic about her ability to be a great president. But candidates have to win in order to serve. Attending the rally here, we hoped Mrs. Clinton and her team were also watching and listening, very attentively.

Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company


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Oprah urges women to vote Obama

By: Jeffrey Ressner
Feb 3, 2008 08:23 PM EST


What is it with California Democratic events and Native American chants?

Before the Hillary Rodham Clinton/Barack Obama debate began last week at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, a tribal leader spoke in his native tongue to bless the crowd.

And when California first lady Maria Shriver made her surprise endorsement of Obama at UCLA on Sunday afternoon — joining cousin Caroline Kennedy and best friend Oprah Winfrey on stage — she invoked a Hopi prayer that goes: “We are the ones we have been waiting for.”

With the California primary and other Super Tuesday state results less than 48 hours away, the Sunday event was also a prayer — namely for undecided women to sign on with the Obama campaign.

A Field Poll released Sunday called the race a tossup, with Clinton at 36 percent and Obama at 34 percent among likely voters in Tuesday’s primary. However, the poll also showed a distinct gender gap, with women favoring Clinton by 13 points and men favoring Obama by the same margin.

Since around 55 percent of Democratic primary voters are expected to be female, Obama’s campaign expects Winfrey’s popularity (if not sainthood) among women can narrow the gap.

Just as Bill Clinton went to four (count them, four) African-American churches in Southern California on Sunday morning to help shore up the black vote for his wife, the UCLA gathering brought together Michelle Obama with Kennedy, Winfrey, Shriver and even Stevie Wonder in a lovefest hoping to pump up the women’s vote.

Spotted in the crowd of (mostly female) UCLA students were several university professors, a handful of state and local politicians, a few showbiz execs including Sony’s Michael Lynton and David Kissinger (Henry’s son), along with journos such as The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd (gliding around the press area in a wicked pair of strapped black boots).

In her speech before the not-quite-capacity crowd at Pauley Pavilion, Winfrey discussed how people had dissed her for being a “traitor” to her gender and said she was voting for Obama because he was black.

Regarding the former charge, she declared, “The truth is I’m a free woman, a free woman, a free woman, and being free means you get to think for yourself.” Concerning the charge of racial bias, she told her detractors, “Don’t play me small. … I’m not voting for him because he’s black [but] because he’s brilliant.”

Winfrey implored women who already planned to vote for someone else (read: Hillary) that they had “the right to change [their] mind.”

Still, she marveled that the Democratic campaign has a woman and a black man as its two front-runners.

“We have won the struggle,” she declared in her best preacher’s tone, adding that the two candidates are “a declaration of victory for women’s rights and civil rights and now we are free – free from the constructions of gender and race,” meaning “for the first time we can vote what we believe.”

Shriver’s surprise appearance came just days after her husband, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, threw his support behind GOP candidate John McCain.

Entering to rousing applause and foot-stomping cheers, Shriver didn’t mention the spousal split, nor the break in the Kennedy family which finds Caroline, Teddy, Ethel and others backing Obama while others including Robert F. Jr. support Clinton.

But Shriver acknowledged that her decision to come to the UCLA rally was very last-minute. (She was dressed in a riding outfit, having just joined her daughter at a horse show.) Shriver also said she was there of her own accord, not simply because she was cousins with Caroline or best friends with Winfrey.
“I’m here today as a woman and as a Californian,” she said, repeating that this election is not just a special moment for the Democratic Party but “a moment for the state.” Ending her speech with the Hopi prayer, she also reminded the audience that “as goes California, so goes the nation.”

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Date: Feb. 3, 2008 – 9:29 PM EST


Fired up and ready to go!…
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Date: Feb. 3, 2008 – 9:42 PM EST
was at the rally, and it was electric. It was raining, it was Super Bowl Sunday, it was last minute, and the stadium was still packed. I wouldn’t describe the crowd as mainly UCLA students; it was one of the most diverse crowds I have ever been in. There were people of all ages, and not just women, there were men, families, babies, children, old people, deaf people, and teenagers. Barack can win California; he is the face of our future.
Don’t play me small.
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Date: Feb. 3, 2008 – 10:24 PM EST


NoWireHangers: Feb. 3, 2008 – 9:55 PM EST
Barack can win California; he is the face of our future

Hillary Clinton will not surrender. She has lived her whole life for this. She has stayed married to her philandering husband, she has given birth to a child, she killed Vince Foster…all to ensure this moment in time. She will do anything.

Cornered animals become extremely dangerous…be afraid. Be very afraid———————————————————————

How hateful are you? Barack Obama is a Christian. The American people will decide if he is ready to lead. I wonder what you expect of your leaders? Why don’t you disclose your leanings? I hope you learn to fight fair and participate constructively in our civic life. Given your post, I can’t see how you help anything.
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Date: Feb. 3, 2008 – 10:42 PM EST


browndoe: Feb. 3, 2008 – 10:33 PM EST
Barack Obama is a Christian

I suspect that Barack Obama is an atheist who found a church for poltical expediency. That only makes me like him even more.

“He who puts out his hand to stop the wheel of history will have his fingers crushed.” Lech Walensa
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Date: Feb. 3, 2008 – 10:51 PM EST


“Don’t play me small” as Oprah commented is exactly right. I think the same thing as a Black woman. I don’t approve of people trying to reason for me as to my reasons for voting for Barack. It is because I believe in him more than I do Hillary, or any of the other candidiates. After viewing the Democratic debate, that sealed the deal for me. Barack Obama for President!! The fact remains that is a right of all Americans to vote for whomever they please, and no one’s business. Oprah is an intelligent woman, and became successful on her own. She doesn’t need anyone to now decide who’s the best presidential candidate for her. As Oprah said “Barack is brilliant”, and I totally agree with her. He had enough experience to know going into the war was a mistake, unlike Hillary who trusted Bush. Years later, we’e still at war, and Hillary’s saying “If I had known then what I know now” But that doesn’t solve all the trillions of dollars that have poured into the war. Universal Health plan? Where’s the policy for it, no one knows the details included, or the penalties for people who can’t afford the mandate. Yeah right! Give me a break!
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Date: Feb. 3, 2008 – 10:53 PM EST


This is a warped contribution for such a civil forum. People like you should never be allowed to write in such a forum. You make blind, naive, and stupid allegations against such a noble and distinguished character whom you cannot match in any way. People like you I believe have been peddling your malicous, dark minded and crooked allegations in the hope you can affect Obama’s rising fortune, but you are wrong and will be proved wrong. The man has a good record that speaks for him and no amount of lies and ill crafted and naive propaganda can stop him.
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Date: Feb. 3, 2008 – 10:56 PM EST


There is a movement sweeping our nation and it has the rest of the world spellbound, because they are watching the American people take back our government. It is a clear rejection of the failures in our past and it is fostering hope worldwide, not just here at home. We are standing at the edge of an abyss. Our dollar is almost worthless, our educational system is failing its obligation to our nation’s future, we are scorned and despised even by those who were once our allies making us more vulnerable than ever before and Americans everywhere are suffering the hardships of an economy run amok. All of this is being made worse by the obscene amounts of money and human suffering being wasted on a war that should never have been started. On the verge of hopelessness, we were brought to our senses by one person with extraordinary clarity of vision. The world as it is is not the way it HAS to be. We can change things, but we all have to be willing to work at it…together. And he inspired us to begin, to get up and DO something for and about our country for the first time in our lives. He is the only one we can trust not to send us too quickly into another misbegotten war, that we can trust to explore all avenues of diplomacy before resorting to military force. He started the movement and he will take us where we need to go. Because he was the only one who realized what we so desperately wanted before we knew it ourselves. And he is the only one who can unite enough of us to get the job done.
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Date: Feb. 3, 2008 – 11:02 PM EST —————–

I watched some of the video from the rally this evening. Even though Obama wasn’t there it was like his presence was felt by everyone. I’ve never been an Oprah fan, in fact I’m still not one, but I am an Obama believer. I’m 47, I can remember back as far as Johnson and I don’t ever recall being so drawn to a candidate than I am to Obama. He is inspirational, I teach American Government and stay up on the issues in order to keep my students informed. I don’t let on who I’m going to vote for to them, in fact they even have to ask me if I’m republican or democrat. Never in my lifetime has a presidential candidate seemed to reach out to the entire country the way he is. The thing that concerns me is that people won’t recall how scandalous the Clinton administration (and family) was. I recall Whitewater, Monica, etc. Clinton thinks she should be untouchable, I wish the media would do something on how the Clinton White House was tainted.
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Date: Feb. 3, 2008 – 11:33 PM EST


I’ll assume that you won’t be voting for Obama then, Mike. Thanks for registering your opinion. I assume Oprah supports Obama because she’s inspired by him. I’m a 30 year-old white guy with a wife and two kids from southern Indiana, and I’m inspired by him, too. I guess I must hate whitey too, eh Mike? Or is it that I’m only supporting him because he’s the fellow white guy and I hate women?
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Date: Feb. 3, 2008 – 11:39 PM EST


They tell me that it is because that I am a man that I choose Barack over Hillary. Isn’t that reverse discrimination. Maybe they should try picking a candidate based on character instead of sex. Besides after watching the rally today I would vote for Michelle Obama in a New York minute. Isn’t it cool to listen to people who really believe what they are saying.

I’m a free man!

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Date: Feb. 3, 2008 – 11:44 PM EST

Actually, if you count Obama’s time on the State Senate floor he has more experience than senator Clinton. Either way, I’m not sure how casting another 1000 votes would make him (or Hillary for that matter) more prepared to be president. I think his time on the ethics commitee and foreign relations commitee are good experience. One thing we do know about Hillary though, is that she has been unwilling to ever acknowledge any kind of fault or misstep. After 7 years of that with Bush, I think I’m done with that state of mind. And if you actually take a look, Obama has fully outlined policy papers just like Hillary Clinton. Just becuase he doesn’t spend all his time talking about 10 point plans at rallies does not mean he doesn’t have well thought positions. He just knows we need a leader, not a manager. Obama 08

Mike, You clearly have strong feelings about the Senator. But it is clear to me that you really don’t know much about him. Your information is clearly not first hand or I feel certain you wouldn’t have written what you did. The drug issue is so irrelevant. It was when he was a teenager. He is not currently doing drugs and other presidents have also been admitted drug users ex. Bill Clinton. Senator Barack Obama is a person of great integrity. He is NOT a muslim, not that religiion really matters. The man is brilliant, artiiculate, a visionary. He believes that we the people of the United States of America, by working together toward common goals rather than bickering with each other over who is right, can create the kind of country where we are all safe, educated and healthy, with a strong economy and good relationships with the other countries of the world. HE is an inspiration to us all. He is the American story. He is the kind of leader our country sorely needs right now. I urge you to go to the website and find out more about him before you write again.
Let the Healing Begin!
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Date: Feb. 4, 2008 – 1:47 AM EST


I agree with you mmgyse about the Clinton Administration being tainted and corrupt. Mrs. Clinton still refuses to release her correspondence with her husband during his tenure in the White House. They refuse to release the names of the donors to the Clinton Library. I understand quite a lot of it has come from sources in the Middle East. I really dont’ know how the media is letting so much of what happened during those years go unchallanged. I feel that if you are in a public office you need to hold yourself up to a higher standard not do whatever you can get away with. Barack Obama does hold himself to a higher standard. He also holds everyone in his campaign to that standard. I am a volunteer with the campaign and we are always being told to “Take the high road”when issues come up with supporters of the other candidates. He calls us all to be the best version of ourselves we can be. I believe that he can inspire our nation to become the nation we aspire to be. He is the real deal. Finally a leader with vision and heart and the intellegence to shift the tide.
Let the Healing begin.

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