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I was honored to participate today in Maria Shriver's Women's Conference. It is an unbelievable experience to look out in the audience and see Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. First lady Michelle Obama was backstage waiting to speak, as was her predecessor, Laura Bush. It was such a great atmosphere--and while Maria says this is her last conference, I don't see it stopping. We'll have to talk about that!

Also tonight, because we cannot live without a little joy each day, we pause to remember Leo Cullum. Please enjoy the slideshow of his spectacular work on the website of the New York Times. He never failed to make me laugh. We honor his work, we honor his service to his country (200 combat missions as a Marine pilot during the Vietnam war) and we honor the joy he brought into the lives of the people he never got to meet. Our condolences to his family.

We'll see you again tonight from Los Angeles--and thanks to the miracle of the jet age and the misery of the redeye, we'll be back in New York tomorrow night!