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Obama in L.A: Moving America Forward?

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From the outside looking in, it was a political rally like any other. A stream of elected officials, cheered on by adoring supporters, urged them to vote for what's right and ignore the naysayers during a bitter election that has pitted party against party. But, whenever the President of the United States is involved, there's no such thing as normal.

About a week ago, USC officials got word President Barack Obama would hold a rally on their campus and instant panic set in as professors, students, security and neighbors braced for a collective migraine headache, preparing for a rally that would choke off their campus.

Citywide, Angelenos steeled themselves for a traffic nightmare following the August fiasco that shut down the Westside during rush hour. While the rally that was officially dubbed "Moving America Forward" did cause some minor headaches for students heading to morning class and complaints from a few waiting for hours in line, the biggest worry the White House faced Friday is how far did they actually progress in the battle for votes?

We won't know until Nov. 2, but 37,510 people sure tried to send a clear message Friday.