Done Deal! Barack Obama Wins Democratic Presidential Nomination

June 3, 2008

Senator Barack Obama and Michelle Obama On Victory Night in St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota

In an historic and electrifying moment, exactly 200 years since the nation ended the slave trade in 1808, and in the fierce urgency of now, Senator Barack Obama clinched the Democratic Presidential nomination tonight with the needed 2,118 delegates. Even before the Montana and South Dakota primary votes were counted, the handwriting was on the wall: by 8 p.m., Obama needed only four more delegates. Former President Jimmy Carter today confirmed that he’ll declare for Obama after the polls close tonight. And, according to Obama aides, when the polls close in South Dakota at 9 pm EST, at least eight members of Congress who remained uncommitted throughout the 16-month primary campaign will declare their support for Obama, putting him over the top with a margin of five delegates, not counting those he wins in today’s primaries. Obama is expected to speak to a crowd of 17,000 at a large rally at the Xcel Energy Center arena in St. Paul, Minnesota this evening — not coincidentally, the site where John McCain will accept the Republican presidential nomination during the Republican National Convention in early September.

Meanwhile, speaking from her Chappaqua, NY home with New York Congressional delegates, Senator Hillary Clinton finally realized what the rest of us have known for weeks: that her campaign has flatlined. In her own passive-aggressive way, she tried to steal a little of Obama’s thunder, saying that she was “open” to the idea of being Obama’s vice presidential candidate, if the position were offered to her. Say what? This from the woman who recently daydreamed about assassination. Make a deal with Obama to cover your campaign expenses and go home and shut up. You have waaaay too much baggage. Still, she’s not expected to concede the obvious tonight and reportedly plans a conflicting speech this evening. And if she does well in South Dakota, it’s thought that she may whine try to capitalize on that win with uncommitted superdelegates, as showing a weakness on Obama’s part with white, working-class voters. She’s also said to be considering an appeal of the Democratic National Party’s recent decision regarding the split of the Democratic vote between her and Obama. Why would Obama want this person on the ticket? Add the vibrancy of John Edwards instead.

According to The New York Times, Representative John Spratt (D-SC), said: “Charisma is formidable but not enough. A president has to be able to manage as well as lead. I think Barack Obama has proved that he can do both by organizing a national campaign that has trumped his senior, more experienced colleagues.”

Update: Accorrding to fire marshalls, an additional 15,000 people waited outside the arena, hoping to see or hear the candidate.

Read about Senator Ted Kennedy’s endorsement of Barack Obama, which was a harbinger of change in the dynamics of the Democratic primaries.

Photo credit: Jerry Holt / [Minneaepolis-St. Paul] Star Tribune

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