Dear Viewers,

I am in Los Angeles. We told you we are taking the show on the road to L.A. for the recall and I am already there. Our goal is to get you as close to the story as possible. This is a very exciting race and you can feel the excitement in this state.

Let me be candid -- the travel day to California (search) did not start very well. My husband and I have a new puppy that is running our lives -- and the lives of our other pets. Before I left for the airport Sunday morning, I took the puppy for a long walk in an effort to help housebreak her. I keep having such high hopes for her in that department but I don't think we got the "valedictorian" of the litter.

About an hour later I found myself at the security at the airport. Like all the other passengers, I took my shoes off at security and tossed them in a gray bin to go through security. As I set my left shoe down, I realized that I had "stepped in something." I will provide no more details so as not to be crude, but you know what I mean. I quickly tried to hide my shoes -- I probably looked suspicious at that point at security and I am lucky they did not take me into custody! I managed to have my shoes go through the X-ray machine with little notice by security, or other passengers. The next thing I knew I was in the restroom at the airport cleaning my shoes. All I could think was, "I hope no one recognizes me."  Needless to say, this was not  how I had wanted to start my trip to LA.

I arrived in L.A. about 3 p.m. and headed to the hotel. We were wise enough to book me in the hotel where Arnold Schwarzenegger will have his party -- victory, or not -- on Tuesday night. The plan is to do our show from someplace near the party. Actually, there will be two shows -- one at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) and the other at 1 a.m. ET (Wednesday) and 10 p.m. (Tuesday) PT. Fox wants to make sure you get all the news as it happens, so we will have extensive coverage. The race is an exciting one. At this point, no one knows who will win.

Once at the hotel, I scoped the place. I wanted to see where Schwarzenegger will have his party, so I went to the ballroom. It is huge! I took a picture of the room to give you an inside and advance idea of what this is going to be like. I took the picture just a few hours before it was to be used for Jewish holidays. I have a feeling this room, even though it is huge, is in great demand. I can only imagine what it will look like on Tuesday when the polls here in California close.

Monday night I am headed to dinner with Laura Ingraham in Santa Monica. She was on our show on Friday night and, when we both realized we would be here, we made a date to have dinner. After dinner, I am going to the other side of the political spectrum and meeting with Elaine Lafferty, the editor in chief of Ms. Magazine .

Greta

I thought you might like to see an article about my new book, My Turn at the Bully Pulpit, which was in my hometown newspaper, the Appleton Post Crescent, on Saturday, Oct. 5.

I am lucky in that I grew up in a small Midwestern town and I still have friends from grade school. I am very proud of my Midwestern roots. I have been in Washington, DC for decades, but I still feel "Midwestern."

Click here to read the article.

Greta

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