June 4th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
6 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. Mike NYC

    Say it isnt so – arent there any more states that Hillary can invent to prolong this?

    This doesnt mean a thing being recognized by the white house – obviously they are not including Florida and Michigan while eliminating all of Obama's votes in both those states along with caucus states in their calculation. Oh and plus Guam and Puerto Rico and only women. The nerve to recognize him.

    Go Hillary move into the white house and dont leave its yours...

    June 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. sophia nyc

    Obama is the anti-Bush. There's no love there.

    June 4, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Billy - Baltimore, MD

    “What does that mean the "White House" congratulates him on his victory? It's not the president. The article specifically says that the president will not be personally calling him. It must just be the stationary or letterhead that thinks he did a good job. It's also kind of funny that the excuse for the president not calling Barack seems to be that Bush is a Republican.”

    June 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  4. Alex NYC

    The bell tolls for thee, Bush Administration. I hope it doesn't take all 8 years of Obama's presidency to clean up your mess.

    June 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. extinct

    Bush called Obama to tell him that the Arab royal families are on his side too.

    June 4, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Huh?

    Of course Bush wont call to congratulate him.... Im not fully convinced he knows how to use a phone and you know Cheney wont play puppet master for a "kind" gesture

    June 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Michael

    Gracciousness score: Bushess 1,000,000; Hillary Clinton 0.

    June 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Tracy from NYC

    It seems like everyone else got the memo but Hillary!!!

    June 4, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. IL70

    Why would Bush want to talk to somebody who can actually spell.

    June 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  10. walt ohio

    Bush is too busy golfing, or dancing. No time for anything important in this country, right W?

    June 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  11. j kothary, Blaine, WA

    why would goofy call Barack....he is too busy planning next war in
    Iran !!

    June 4, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Debbie,NJ

    But he would have called Clinton. I don't think this country has come as far as we think. This primary sure bought out a lot bigotry and racism, including the Rep. with Cheney's remarks about WV.

    June 4, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  13. jerry

    It's unfortunate that Bush can't because the republican party as a whole could rally behind a black nominee as this is a historic event for either party.

    June 4, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. NickNas

    SO I get it that BUSH won't congratulate him ......SO that means he is JUST LIKE HILLARY!!! She didn't either. Cry Baby!

    June 4, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  15. DJ, Los Angeles

    Funny...imagine that. George Bush congradulated Obama on his victory, yet Clinton acts arrogant about her 18 mil votes and wouldn't even acknowledge him.

    June 4, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Diva in Pennsylvania

    As he should be dissed...

    Denounce & reject his congrats!!!

    June 4, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  17. Canadian Girl

    Now all we need to Clinton to congratulate Obama and accept the fact that she has lost. This is a great day in America politics, and for the world!!!

    June 4, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Diana

    It really doesn't matter how much Obama has dissed him. At the end of the day, they are both gentlemen and the current president should, at the very least, just say congratulations. This is an historic moment in American History . . . IN WORLD HISTORY, and this president can't at least say congratulations.

    June 4, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Sue

    I am pleased the US has lost enough of its racist attitudes that a black man can be honored; however, THIS MAN???? Who the hell is he? What does he believe? What has he done to be honored?

    June 4, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. King of NJ

    Is Bush "Bitter" lmao

    June 4, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  21. Anne

    Obama is only the PRESUMPTIVE nominee.....looking forward the Republicans sparing match to really begin. Obama was the second choice of the people, but the first choice of the DNC. That generally does not work very well. Come on Republicans – start your engines!

    June 4, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Roy, NY

    Why is it that the White House congratulates Obama on clinching the nomination but Hillary Clinton did not? Her vague, defiant speech made it seem as if Obama was an also ran. Meanwhile Obama congratulated her in a very gracious and respectful manner. Hillary should NOT be on the ticket. Her husband brings too much drama and she is selfish and calculating.

    June 4, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  23. rueben sanchez

    The White House even congratulated Obama before Hillary. Barrack has made history, and where was Hillary? In a couple of days, she'll be begging for the media to cover her. Can't wait.

    June 4, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Chris from San Antonio

    Nah, he's too busy raising money for the man he slandered in 2000.

    June 4, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  25. Sharon Kitchen

    Of course he would not do such a thing. I am surprised he "let" anyone from the White House say anything.......but that's o.k. The American people have shown their support all accross this country.
    Way to go Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
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