Maria Shriver endorses Obama

At a rally starring Oprah and her cousin Caroline Kennedy, the Republican governor's wife comes out for a Democrat.

By Joan Walsh
Published February 3, 2008 10:52PM (EST)

I'll do a longer dispatch on the Oprah-Michelle Obama-Caroline Kennedy rally at UCLA today, but I wanted to report the news: California's first lady, Maria Shriver, just endorsed Barack Obama. (Her husband, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed John McCain last week.)

Shriver quoted Eleanor Roosevelt, who once said: "Do one thing every day that scares you," and said: "Eleanor, no matter where you are, this is my one thing for today. I thought to myself when I woke up this morning, there is no other place I should be today." She told her daughter she was headed to UCLA.

"The more I thought about it, I thought, if Barack Obama was a state, he'd be California. Diverse, open, smart, independent, bucks tradition, inspiring, dreamer, leader."

An Obama staffer told me that to her knowledge, that's the way it happened. I'll have more later.

Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh is the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."

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