June 4th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
10 years ago

White House congratulates Obama on victory

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House has congratulated Sen. Barack Obama on clinching the Democratic nomination for president, spokeswoman Dana Perino said Wednesday.

His victory - which sets him up to become the first African-American to lead a major party ticket in the race for the White House - shows how far America has come, Perino said.

She said President Bush, a Republican, did not plan to call Obama to congratulate him personally.

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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. Watching Every Move

    It's all right. We can't expect Bush to be too impressed with Obama being his successor....

    June 4, 2008 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  2. Joyce in Florida

    No comment here. Just disappointment that Hillary Clinton didn't make the nominee position. GO HILLARY 08 and keep fighting all the way to Denver!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

    June 4, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. paul oregon

    at least thats more than hillary done .

    June 4, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  4. Foreign observer

    White House should have mentioned that he is where he is because of the White House.

    June 4, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. john vines Florida

    with Bush's severe case of tunnel vision and his cowboy mentality thought process how could he be expected to congratulate the next president of the United States?

    June 4, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  6. Tom in Anaheim, CA

    Dana who?
    75% of America does not care what the White House thinks!

    June 4, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  7. Schaefer Germany

    Obama is genius, he is phenomenal. It's great to see America for having this man. CONGRATULATION OBAMA !!

    June 4, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |

    At this point no one cares what Bush has to say or would say.

    June 4, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Uh, gee, let's see Rachel, Bush is the enemy of the people and the friend of Big Oil and Big Business..Barack Obama is the friend of the people and the enemy of Big Oil and Big Business..hmmm, it must be obvious day at Camp Stupid for you, OF COURSE Obama is going to "diss" Bush, Bush DESERVES to be impeached and IMPRISONED in Gitmo for the hellish mess this country is in, both here AND abroad. Personally, I didn't want Bush OR Cheney to congratulate him as they send chills down my spine. He did Obama the same way he did the people suffering in Louisiana after Katrina, so to hell with Bush and his cronies.

    Obama/Sebelius '08!

    June 4, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Manuel TX

    Obama owes a great deal to what was accomplished during the Clinton administration. Bill Clinton appointed more minorities to federal posts than any president in history.

    Neither Obama nor his nutty supporters will ever admit this of course. Bill is a racist after all...right.


    June 4, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. walt

    rachel – don't expect Obama to care whether Dubya calls or not.

    June 4, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. fasil

    congratulated Sen. Barack Obama !!!! we love you !!!!!

    June 4, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. White Woman for Obama


    OBAMA 08!!

    June 4, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Victor, NJ

    Even Bush has the dignity to congratulate Obama. Why can't hillary do the same. Hillary is a divisive power hungery monster, please disappear with your womanizing husband.

    And to those that will vote McCain in november, just remember the thousands of soldiers who would lose their lives in an unjust war with Iraq and a potential war with Iran.

    RIP Sean and Steven. (My friends that lost their lifes in Iraq)

    June 4, 2008 10:36 am at 10:36 am |

    Of course Bush will not call him........Bush knows his Bush policy is over because OBAMA will win in November.

    Obama/Richardson '08

    June 4, 2008 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Scott Glenn in Wa

    If the tables were turned you know Obama would call Bush and congradulate him.

    Says something about both of them doesnt it........

    June 4, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  17. Jason

    I can't imagine he'd want Bush to congratulate him. Any connection to Bush is a liability – even a friendly conversation.

    June 4, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. Scott, Charlotte

    Bush probably doesn't know how to use a phone, so this is expected.

    June 4, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. DB


    Obama doesn't need Bush's support the way Bush has dissed the entire country and world abroad.

    June 4, 2008 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Quinn

    Why shouldn't Bush call him!

    Obama voted FOR Bush policies over 90% in the past couple of years per HIS spoke person this morning on msnbc. The Obama rep says they now need to explain this voting record to the american people. Why now? Why didn't ANYONE bring this stuff out during the primaries? Hillary kept telling everyone to look at his record. The media and DNC fooled all those Obama supporters. Her comes more rhetoric!

    June 4, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Chief

    Who cares. Really!

    June 4, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Fredi

    Bush has more decency than Clinton – now that is shocking!

    June 4, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. EBC

    This is a DARN SHAME that White House has showed some level of common sense and decency by congratulating Sen. Obama on his nomination!

    Wow....and where is Sen. Clinton concession? She herself LACKS the common decency and honor in conceding to the WINNER of the Democratic Party.

    Gee, you would think Sen. Clinton was a republican by the way she's acting.

    SHAMEFUL!!! JUST SHAMEFUL coming from a U. S. Senator. Hillary Clinton should know better. Her defiance is only going to blow up in her face yet again.

    She NEEDS Sen. Obama MORE than he needs her. She has HUGE DEBTS ($40+ million) that need to be paid, she's now desperate for the VP slot because she's LOST. So NOW her goonies like Bob Johnson, Lanny Wilson, etc. are running off at the mouth and trying to FORCE Sen. Obama in picking Hillary as VP.

    If I was Sen. Obama, I would tell them to "shove their petition" so far up their behinds. They are NOT going to dictate any VP force on me!!!

    Sen. Obama is NOT stupid, he knows the game AND he knows these fools are NOT their buddies. He KNOWS the Hillary Clinton camp is NOT his friends, they don't have his BEST interest at heart. Sen. Obama is surrounded by the BEST of the BEST. They will DO THEIR HOMEWORK and DO IT VERY WELL.

    So I'm so happy to hear that the Obama camp told the Clinton camp to "back off" with their bullying. They are NOT going to be pressured or forced by any Clinton cronies.

    June 4, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  24. Damian

    Great, now they can spend the rest of year thinking of ways to call Barack Obama and congratulate him on becoming president.

    June 4, 2008 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Walt

    Does this surprise anyone? I wish he would take his entire staff, McCain, and Clinton and go back to his ranch. Oh, and take Robert Johnson with you too.

    Bush, McCain, and Clinton are perhaps the three most significant White political leaders of this country. Not a single one has formally recognized his accomplishment.

    Not a single one has picked up the phone and called and recognized his accomplishment. Yet, McCain made it a point to call Clinton after one of her meaningless primary wins.

    And, then White America wants to know, what is wrong with Black America. Why do they act like that in church... I have no idea...

    Change is coming!

    June 4, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
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