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Michelle + Oprah + Caroline & Maria

Everyone regardless of age, political persuasion or nationality, should have the privilege of seeing a replay of this event.

Incredible scenes! Unbridled joy and pent up emotional energy engulfed UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on Sunday as the Barack Obama female support team hit Los Angeles. Big time! Yet it was the unannounced arrival of California’s first lady Maria Shriver which first stunned and then delighted the massive overflow crowd of thousands with her surprise last minute appearance on stage as the event’s final speaker.

With Super Tuesday and its 20 voting states only a day away, the timing and manner of her unscripted entree was brilliant. It was like something straight from one of her husband California Governor Arnie Schwarzenegger’s former movie scripts. With the previous speakers Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Caroline Kennedy already on the platform, the surprise appearance of the numero uno Lady of California sent the already super hyped up crowd – totally ballistic.

And can these girls speak. Linking arms at the end as they turned to acknowledge the crowd it was impossible not to be impressed – even though I was watching it on television. All four were fantastic speakers, no exaggeration. And they spoke sense with passion. Every person regardless of age, political persuasion, or nationality should enjoy the privilege of seeing a televised replay of this once in a lifetime event.

The inspiring messages delivered by these four American patriots transcended politics and any trace of celebrity. As a man, I was extremely proud of them. I am sure all women who heard them were equally inspired. They reminded me of how wonderful people can be – when we care about each other. Can anyone tell me the female equivalent of a musketeer? Whatever it is, there were four on that stage at UCLA on Sunday!


Video of the UCLA Rally.. 1 hour 15 min



Author: John Hay from AU


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  1. Posted by Anonymous | February 11, 2008, 7:06 am