June 4th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
7 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.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. cevans

    Rachel,

    It is what it is!!!! He didn't dissed him, he just merely told the "TRUTH". I don't understand why people see what they want to see and not reality. Whatever happen to MORALS and THE TRUTH???

    Congratulations Senator Obama!!! I know you will make all of the difference. What a GREAT DAY! for AMERICA....

    June 4, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Mike

    Wow, and Hillary didn't even acknowlege his victory....

    June 4, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Gurney Hallak

    Bush is no doubt unhappy. He's put so much effort into screwing up the country for the last 8 years; now Obama is going undo Bush's 'hard work.'

    June 4, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. : )'

    Not sure Obama would take the call (unless, of course, it occurs at 3:00 a.m.) hehe

    June 4, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. Superdelegate

    Bush is too busy packing his bags.

    June 4, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. wouter

    Who wants to have a phone call from the worst president the US has had anyway?

    June 4, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  7. disappointed

    Rachel – Bush dissed Obama.

    June 4, 2008 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Lillie

    ummm, I'm really surprised because I would expect the designated leader of the free world to clearly understand the politics of a campaign! For an African-American to clinch the nomination of the Democratic Party IS a historic milestone for America! After serving more than 25 years in the Air Force, I never ever thought I'd be witnessing this moment during my lifetime! For my country it is appropriate for our President to personally place the courtsey call to acknowledge this historic moment!!

    June 4, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. Shasta

    I don't expect Bush will call Obama to congratulate him, and I don't expect Obama wants Bush to call to congratulate him. So we're even.

    June 4, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Caryn, WDC

    Wow the Republicans can congratulate Obama but Clinton can't. That's sending a really great message to the world.

    Here's a headline:

    Crazy Clinton: Next President of Fantasy Land?

    June 4, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Tired of Hillary

    At least it was acknowledged by the worst president in history....while on the Dem side.....Hillary is in denial!!!! What kind of "woman" is she???

    June 4, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Mish

    they are all politicians regardless of their parties...All Americans!!!!!
    it would have been the AMERICAN thing to do but then again this is not what BUSH is about or his neo cons
    It **IS** what Senator Obama is about tho and thats the stark difference between them

    June 4, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Scott Glenn in Wa

    All sad bitter people be advised………..

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    GO away if you are that blind and ignorant and support the blind and ignorant. Bush McCrutch; blind to reality and just ignorant!

    Or wake up and unite for America. Come together for a greater cause and make this world this country a better place for everyone.

    Be a part of the solution not a part of the problem.

    June 4, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. Obama Fan

    What else can one expect from those guys !!!!

    June 4, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  15. Preston

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

    'Course not. We wouldn't expect him to. That would be an act of statesmanship. January can't come soon enough.

    June 4, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. IntelliGent

    Kanye West already spilled the beans about Bush. Bush doesn't like black people (unless they are under his control in his cabinet).

    June 4, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. Sheila

    Well I give George Bush more credit than Hillary Clinton, atleast he did congratulate him on his nomination. This just make Hillary look worse than she already does.

    June 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Arkay, MI

    rachel,

    You think Obama (or any one of the sane 70% in this country) is waiting for Bush's call?

    June 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Dave

    Bush is still confused by push-button technology.

    June 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Charlotte

    Obama is the presumitive nominee. Until the conventions, no one including McCain, are the nominees. the convention is when the actual votes will be given, until then anything can happen. I will wait until the convention to see the actual results. Out of three possible scenarios on popular votes, Obama is ahead in only one. He is not my nominee. If he is the actual nominee in August and that seems likely, I will at that time know how I will vote in November. I suspect I will have to vote for Hillary, by write-in.

    June 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. gary

    JUST AS LONG AS THEY DONT OPEN THE DOOR FOR HIM.THIS COUNTRY CARES SO MUCH THAT THEY FIX THIS RACE FOR AN UNKNOWN,UNQUALIFIED,HYPOCRITICAL ,CON MAN FROM CHICAGO.THEY GO BIAS AGAINST A WOMAN THAT IS MORE QUALIFIED ,WITH A GREAT TRACK RECORD OF HELPING OUR COUNTRY THROUGH THE YRS.AMERICA SHOULD EAT THEIR PRIDE AND NOT WORRY ABOUT THEIR EGO'S,AND VOTE FOR THE BEST FOR COUNTRY.AMERICA GETS WHAT THEY ASK FOR.

    June 4, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. PA Voter

    Unless this administration is prepared to speak on how they have failed America, and how they plan to at least initiate solutions to remedy it while they are still in office, I have no interest in anything the White House has to say.

    The only noise I want to hear is GWB closing the Oval Office door behind him!

    June 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. rob

    Sat what you will about George Bush but he and his father befor him always show dignity and respect.

    June 4, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Michael, GA

    No mater how much Bush disagrees with Obama, as the President of the United States, he has to call and congratulate Obama.

    June 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. Independent-Cuban-American-woman-voter-for-Obama

    Ha! Can't wait until November, when Bush & his neo-conservatives get tossed out of DC! YOU LIED, YOU LIED, YOU LIED...........

    June 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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