Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Barack Obama Wins Democratic Nomination

Barack Obama captured the Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday, capping a rapid rise from political obscurity to become the first black to lead a major U.S. party into a race for the White House.

A surge of support from uncommitted delegates helped give Obama the 2,118 votes he needed to clinch the nomination and defeat rival Hillary Clinton, a former first lady who entered the race as a heavy favorite.

Obama will be crowned the Democratic nominee at the convention in August and will face Republican John McCain in November's election to choose a successor to President George W. Bush.

"Tonight, we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another," Obama said in remarks prepared for a victory celebration in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the site of the Republican convention in September.

"Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States."

Obama's win over Clinton, projected by U.S. networks, came in one of the closest and longest nomination fights in recent U.S. political history. Five months of voting in 54 nominating contests concluded on Tuesday night with votes in Montana and South Dakota.

Clinton, who would have been the first woman nominee in U.S. political history, won in South Dakota, adding to the more than 1,900 delegates she gathered during the campaign. Her aides gave mixed signals about her immediate intentions, but said she would not concede on Tuesday night.

Facing defeat, Clinton told New York members of Congress that she would be open to becoming Obama's vice presidential running mate, and her backers began to turn up the pressure on Obama to pick her as his No. 2.

Obama, 46, is serving his first term in the U.S. Senate from Illinois and would be the fifth-youngest president in history. He was an Illinois state senator when he burst on the national scene with a well received keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic convention.

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Blogger kittykat46 said...

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12:46 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

I wonder how much Obama has been politically damaged by Hillary's fight to the bitter end.

Like it or not, there is a Red-Neck undercurrent among many whites in US society.

12:48 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Purple Haze said...

The fact that a person from a minority group and perhaps a woman (eventually) having a chance of becoming President of the US, speaks volumes for the democratic process.

In Malaysia, a person from a minority group has many hoops to jump through to be a state MB (other than Penang) or PM of the country. I suppose this is the "guided democracy" that is practised.

McCain vs Obama may be seen as a black/white contest but the issues at hand are more in conflict than their racial background.

3:25 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup, I agree with Purple Haze. The fact that a "Black" and a "Woman" could one day be the President of the US says it all!
You can be sure that a Non-Bumiputra (read: Non-Malay) will never be able to be PM in Malaysia. Does not matter if a Non-Malay were born here & his/her ancestors have been around for hundreds of years.
This also says it all!

10:21 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The O-man, Barack Hussein Obama, is an eloquently tailored empty suit. No résumé, no accomplishments, no experience, no original ideas, no understanding of how the economy works, no understanding of how the world works, no balls, nothing but abstract empty rhetoric devoid of real substance.

He has no real identity. He is half-white, which he rejects. The rest of him is mostly Arab, which he hides but is disclosed by his non-African Arabic surname and his Arabic first and middle names as a way to triply proclaim his Arabic parentage to people in Kenya. Only a small part of him is African Black from his Luo grandmother, which he pretends he is exclusively.

What he isn't, not a genetic drop of, is "African-American," the descendant of enslaved Africans brought to America chained in slave ships. He hasn't a single ancestor who was a slave. Instead, his Arab ancestors were slave owners. Slave-trading was the main Arab business in East Africa for centuries until the British ended it.

Let that sink in: Obambi is not the descendant of slaves, he is the descendant of slave owners. Thus he makes the perfect Liberal Messiah.

This is the man who said he would stand by the muslims whatever the outcome. This is the man Hamas endorsed, the islamic jihadists want in the White House.

Then Malaysia's bullshit muslims of bullshit islam - to quote RPK's terminoology will have their fun and frolic on the other races and religions. Fun time. Get ready to enjoy!

6:55 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Malaysians for Hillary Clinton said...

A true tragedy of epic proportions, that the biggest phony and charlatan there is has "won" the Democratic Nomination, if you can call that a "victory". His "victory" is the weakest known in the history of the Democratic Nomination, because Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and by real democracy, where one person counts as one vote, she would be the Nominee. Now, the charlatan Obama is selected by the Democratic Elite, the "superdelegates", and by the chaotic and undemocratic caucuses, where voting is not done confidentially. How can this be called by any right sense, a "victory"? Seems even Malaysia is now more democratic than the flawed US Democratic Presidential Nomination "election".

Mark my words, Obama will be a DISASTER for America, the world and Malaysia. I guarantee it. You heard it here first.

6:39 AM GMT+8  

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