Obama clinches nomination, plans celebration

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  1. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Winter is Coming Staff Member

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    Down goes Hillary

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois sealed the Democratic presidential nomination Tuesday, a historic step toward his once-improbable goal of becoming the nation's first black president. A defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton maneuvered for the vice presidential spot on his fall ticket.

    Obama's victory set up a five-month campaign with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, a race between a 46-year-old opponent of the Iraq War and a 71-year-old former Vietnam prisoner of war and staunch supporter of the current U.S. military mission.

    Obama, a first-term Illinois senator who was virtually unknown on the national stage four years ago, defeated Clinton, the former first lady and one-time campaign front-runner, in a 17-month marathon for the Democratic nomination.

    His victory had been widely assumed for weeks. But Clinton's declaration of interest in becoming his ticketmate was wholly unexpected.

    She expressed it in a conference call with her state's congressional delegation after Rep. Nydia Velazquez, predicted Obama would have great difficulty winning the support of Hispanics and other voting blocs unless the former first lady was on the ticket.

    "I am open to it" if it would help the party's prospects in November, Clinton replied, according to a participant who spoke on condition of anonymity because the call was private.

    Obama's campaign had no reaction to Clinton's comments, which raised anew the prospect of what many Democrats have called a "Dream Ticket" that would put a black man and a woman on the same ballot.

    The fast-paced developments unfolded as the long Democratic nominating struggle ended with primaries in Montana and South Dakota.

    Only 31 delegates were at stake, the final few among the thousands that once drew Obama, Clinton and six other Democratic candidates into the campaign to replace President Bush and become the nation's 44th president.

    Obama arranged an evening appearance in St. Paul, Minn., sending McCain an unmistakable message by claiming his victory in the very hall where the Arizonan will accept his party's nomination in early September.

    Clinton was in New York for an appearance before home-state supporters. Officials said she would concede Obama had the delegates to secure the Democratic nomination, effectively ending her bid to be the nation's first female president.

    McCain, who wrapped up the Republican nomination months ago, campaigned in Memphis.

    Obama sealed his nomination based on primary elections, state Democratic caucuses and delegates' public declarations as well as support from 22 delegates and "superdelegates" who privately confirmed their intentions to The Associated Press. It takes 2,118 delegates to clinch the nomination at the convention in Denver this summer.

    The young senator's success amounted to a victory of hope over experience, earned across an enervating 56 primaries and caucuses that tested the political skills and human endurance of all involved.

    Obama stood for hope, and change. Clinton was the candidate of experience, ready, she said, to serve in the Oval Office from Day One.

    Together, they drew record turnouts in primary after primary - more than 34 million voters in all, independents and Republicans as well as Democrats.

    Yet the race between a black man and a woman exposed deep racial and gender divisions within the party.

    Obama drew strength from blacks, and from the younger, more liberal and wealthier voters in many states. Clinton was preferred by older, more downscale voters, and women, of course.

    Obama's triumph was fashioned on prodigious fundraising, meticulous organizing and his theme of change aimed at an electorate opposed to the Iraq war and worried about the economy - all harnessed to his own gifts as an inspirational speaker.

    With her husband's two White House terms as a backdrop, Clinton campaigned for months as the candidate of experience, a former first lady and second-term senator ready to be commander in chief.

    But after a year on the campaign trail, Obama won the kickoff Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, and the freshman senator became a political phenomenon.

    "We came together as Democrats, as Republicans and independents, to stand up and say we are one nation, we are one people and our time for change has come," he said that night of victory in Des Moines.

    As the strongest female presidential candidate in history, Clinton drew large, enthusiastic audiences. Yet Obama's were bigger. One audience, in Dallas, famously cheered when he blew his nose on stage; a crowd of 75,000 turned out in Portland, Ore., the weekend before the state's May 20 primary.

    The former first lady countered Obama's Iowa victory with an upset five days later in New Hampshire that set the stage for a campaign marathon as competitive as any in the past generation.

    "Over the last week I listened to you, and in the process I found my own voice," she told supporters who had saved her candidacy from an early demise.

    In defeat, Obama's aides concluded they had committed a cardinal sin of New Hampshire politics, forsaking small, intimate events in favor of speeches to large audiences inviting them to ratify Iowa's choice.

    It was not a mistake they made again - which helped explain Obama's later outings to bowling alleys, backyard basketball courts and American Legion halls in the heartland.

    Clinton conceded nothing, memorably knocking back a shot of Crown Royal whiskey at a bar in Indiana, recalling that her grandfather had taught her to use a shotgun, and driving in a pickup to a gas station in South Bend, Ind., to emphasize her support for a summertime suspension of the federal gasoline tax.

    As other rivals fell away in winter, Obama and Clinton traded victories on Super Tuesday, the Feb. 5 series of primaries and caucuses across 21 states and American Samoa that once seemed likely to settle the nomination.

    But Clinton had a problem that Obama exploited, and he scored a coup she could not answer.

    Pressed for cash, the former first lady ran noncompetitive campaigns in several Super Tuesday caucus states, allowing her rival to run up his delegate totals.

    At the same time, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., endorsed the young senator in terms that summoned memories of his slain brothers while seeking to turn the page on the Clinton era.

    Merely by surviving Super Tuesday, Obama exceeded expectations. But he did more than survive, emerging with a lead in delegates that he never relinquished, and he proceeded to run off a string of 11 straight victories.

    Clinton saved her candidacy once more with primary victories in Ohio and Texas on March 4, beginning a stretch in which she won in six of the next nine states on the calendar, as well as in Puerto Rico.

    It was a strong run, providing glimpses of what might have been for the one-time front-runner.

    Personality issues rose and receded through the campaign:

    Clinton's husband, the former president, campaigned tirelessly for her but sometimes became an issue himself, to her detriment.

    And Obama struggled to minimize the damage caused by the incendiary rhetoric of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, an issue likely to be raised anew by Republicans in the fall campaign.
  2. BigDPlayer

    BigDPlayer Active Member

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    AMAZING times we are living in. The first major party, legitimate black Presidential candidate of any Western country in history.

    Truly an amazing moment in American history.
  3. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg That gum you like. Zone Supporter

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    It is pretty amazing when you consider we were still experiencing segregation as late as 1970.

    Regardless of whether he wins or not, it's pretty cool.
  4. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    I think calling him legitimate is a stretch, the man is a fraud. We live in AMAZINGLY stupid times where people like this get any support at all. I can't believe people have fallen so eaily for this European American man and his socialist, divisive, destructive ideas.
  5. PosterChild

    PosterChild New Member

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    So Obama has your vote then?
  6. The30YardSlant

    The30YardSlant Benched

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    I wouldnt call him "legitimate"

    I really, really hope the American public on the whole is smart enough to not elect an inexperianced Marxist to the presidency

    Of course, we did elect Jimmy Carter once upon a time, so i may be giving us too much credit
  7. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    I would, but I think I'll write in "Silent Bob" or "Crabman" instead.
  8. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    [IMG]...See you in the White House next January!
  9. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye.

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    Not Canada, England, or any other major European country?

    That's amazing.
  10. ninja

    ninja Numbnuts

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    It is kind of funny to hear everyone call him a "black" man. He is 1/2 black. I guess if you are 50% black that makes you a "black" person today. What about someone who is 25% "black?" Is that person still considered "black?" How about 12.5%? What percentage do you have to be before you can call yourself, or be called, "black?" Or "Asian?" Or "white?"
  11. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament...

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    That's the way it goes in the media these days... and I agree... he's not "African-American". He's a multi-racial citizen just like 99% of us in this country...

    The libs also make it a point to practice identity politics. You can't just be an "American". Your ethnic heritage has to be mentioned before and along with "American". If not, you will be fined by the Department of Political Correctness or deemed a racist...
  12. irvin88

    irvin88 Active Member

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    he was "black enough" to go that church every Sunday that preached the white man is the devil.
  13. Bonecrusher#31

    Bonecrusher#31 Active Member

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    How many black people in America no for sure that they are 100% Black ????

    Thats why
  14. AtlCB

    AtlCB Well-Known Member

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    Thr country has been ready for a while. Colin Powell would have easily won the presidency in 1996 or 2000 if he only ran.
  15. AtlCB

    AtlCB Well-Known Member

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    :lmao2: :lmao2: :lmao2:
  16. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye.

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    '96? You really think?
  17. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    How many have a white momma?
  18. Jordan55

    Jordan55 Active Member

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    Truly unbelievable, now does Hillary, become his running mate?
    Along with Bill:)

  19. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    He has many costly ideals I wonder who is going to pay for it? I guess in his world the days of a person making their own choices will be over and the Government can just make our choices for us. You got to love the Liberals and their socialist views and their Government knows better mentality
  20. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Winter is Coming Staff Member

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    :laugh2: :laugh2: Where the heck have you been living? The government is already making choices for us. If they did not we would not still be in Iraq this very moment.

    And I get so wore out with people doing the liberals know better mentality or that liberals are elitists...like the right is not the same.

    Please both parties are full of elitists and both parties think they know what is better for America even when America is asked and says otherwise.

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