June 3, 2008

June 4, 2008: An excerpt from a story in the New York Daily News:

Barack Obama claims historic win

By MICHAEL SAUL

ST. PAUL – “Tonight, I can stand here and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.”

With those words, Barack Obama made history Tuesday night.

Sixteen months after launching his brash, long-shot quest for the White House, Barack Obama claimed victory as the Democrats’ standard-bearer – the first African-American candidate anointed by either major party for the White House.

 

The backdrop chosen for Obama’s declaration of victory was an in-your-face message to GOP opponent John McCain – the arena in St. Paul that will be the site of this summer’s Republican National Convention. “Tonight, we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another – a journey that will bring a new and better day to America,” Obama said to 17,000 cheering, joyous supporters. Another 15,000 crowded the streets outside.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, who wore a violet dress, ascended the stage amid thunderous applause. Obama kissed her on the cheek before she left the stage and he began to speak.

The senator thanked his family and staff but reserved his most heartfelt thanks to his grandmother, who lives in Hawaii and can’t travel. “Tonight is for her,” he said.

The nomination prize became Obama’s as scores more superdelegates rallied to his side Tuesday. His delegate share from the last two primaries in South Dakota and Montana sealed his win over Hillary Clinton. Obama’s bold and successful challenge to Clinton, a former First Lady with worldwide fame and unmatched political machines, ranks with the biggest political upsets in modern American history.

Obama, with his fans cheering their approval, offered generous tribute to the vanquished New York senator even as she held off from conceding defeat.
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June 4, 2008: An excerpt from a story in the Chicago Sun-Times:

Victory…. at last

By ABDON M. PALLASCH

White House hopeful Barack Obama did not wait for the concession that Hillary Clinton seems unwilling to give.

“Because of you, tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States,” Obama told cheering fans in St. Paul, Minn. All day Tuesday, super-delegates, including former President Jimmy Carter, pledged their votes to him, leaving Obama within four votes of his party’s nomination. Just after the South Dakota polls closed at 8 p.m., the networks began calling the race for Obama.

“There are those who say that this primary has somehow left us weaker and more divided. Well I say that because of this primary, there are millions of Americans who’ve cast their ballot for the very first time,” Obama said at St. Paul’s Xcel Center, where Republicans will nominate John McCain as their nominee in September.

Hillary Clinton, speaking to supporters in New York, congratulated Obama on running “an extraordinary race” but warned that, “I want the 18 million Americans who voted for me to be respected, to be heard.”
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