Maria Shriver, right, greets Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as she takes the stage at The Women's Conference,Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008, in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
As I write this, the conference is still going on, so who knows what Condi had to say, but the shindig did kick off with this bizarre exchange:
But what could have been austere talk about falling stock prices and glass ceilings drew laughter and gasps from many of the 10,000 women in the audience when Buffett, playing to the crowd, hit Matthews with a particularly challenging question: "If you could have changed your sex into that of a woman, would you have?"
Matthews smiled sheepishly, then rambled about the virtues of womanhood.
Schwarzenegger eventually reminded him: "You didn't answer the question." Then Schwarzenegger took off on his own ruminations about the power and potential of women, although he pointed out that, "Here in California, they do have men that become women."
Matthews fired back: "Is that what you mean by 'girlie boys'?" a reference to Schwarzenegger's infamous label for gutless legislators.