It's official: Obama is the nomineeHere's video of the climactic moment on the floor:
DEMOCRATS have made history by nominating Barack Obama as the first black presidential nominee of a major US party.
“It is with great pride that I announce Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee for president of the United States by acclamation,” House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi told the convention.
“I have been asked to inform you that Senator Obama accepts the nomination,” she said, adding the Illinois senator would deliver his acceptance address at the Invesco field tomorrow.
A state by state roll-call vote was dramatically suspended when Hillary Clinton appeared on the floor of the convention and called for Obama to be nominated by acclamation.
The motion was immediately put to the floor and carried.
Though the vote at the Democratic National Convention offered no surprises, its historical importance was undeniable.
It capped the longest, closest US primary race in memory as Senator Obama, a political newcomer, defeated Senator Clinton, the former first lady whose victory once seemed all but assured.
It also meant that Senator Obama, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white American mother, is now one victory from becoming president of a nation where, just decades ago, many blacks were denied the vote.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Well, It's Official!
Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee for president.