President Barack Obama (oops, Freudian slip!) was officially nominated today as the first African-American nominee to a major party. Hillary Clinton led on the convention floor to declare that Obama was the nominee of the party to defeat John McCain and the Republicans in November. It’s something that could only happen in the Democratic Party: a woman and an African American come this close to becoming president.
“With eyes firmly fixed on the future, in the spirit of unity, with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and our country, let’s declare together in one voice, right here, right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president,” Hillary Clinton said, setting off a loud celebration in Denver as Obama’s nomination became official.
Following up on his wife’s stellar performance last night, President Bill Clinton declared in his speech tonight that, “Barack Obama is ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world.” President Clinton went on: “They actually want us to reward them for the last eight years by giving them four more. Let’s send them a message that will echo from the Rockies all across America: Thanks, but no thanks. In this case, the third time is not the charm. America can do better than that. And Barack Obama will do better than that.”
This party is united, it’s excited and it’s ready to put an end to the rule of George W. Bush!