The California Democratic primary was in early June of 1968. Kennedy really needed a victory since McCarthy had defeated him in Oregon.
With his wins in Indiana and Nebraska, Bobby could effectively eliminate McCarthy from the Democratic race if he prevailed in America's largest state. The nominating convention, in Chicago, would then be a two-man contest between Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey, the sitting Vice President (from Minnesota).
Bobby was scheduled to speak at the Embassy Ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel after the primary results were known. Everything except a small portion of this once-famous Los Angeles landmark was demolished in late 2005. How did the hotel appear during its heyday and at the time when Bobby gave his speech there (shortly after midnight, on June 5, 1968)?
Primary results were finally known late in the evening of June 4th. The Senator from New York had won.
Now it's on to Chicago and let's win there.
Bobby was guided off the podium to meet with the waiting press corps. En route, the entourage would pass through a small food-preparation area.
At the time, presidential candidates were not given Secret-Service protection.