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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  1. Jay From NY

    If Obama is "so beatable" how does Hillary and the dividers explain her loss to him.

    What does that say about her and the campaign she ran? If she can't beat a him how could she possibly think she could beat McCain in the General Election?

    Remember if there is ONE thing the G.O.P does and does very well is run a Presidential campaign, they are the masters at it.

    Let's give Obama his chance!

    June 4, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Greg

    Man, it is really sad when someone as stupid as Bush even recognizes that Obama has won the nomination. And here I thought Senator Clinton was supposed to be so intelligent.

    June 4, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. Jack the Dog

    Somebody tell Hillary!

    June 4, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. RB

    Hey B from NYC,

    In case you didn't hear she LOST!!! Idiot.

    June 4, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Josephine

    President Bush just want to emphasize how Hillary attitude has been disgraceful by not conceding.

    June 4, 2008 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. christie wheeler

    When I say "Hillary – you say LOSER; Hillary – Loser !" When I say "Bush – you say LOSER; Bush – Loser!" Both of them! George for his small and hateful vision, and Hillary for her large and over-inflated ego and sense of entitlement. GOD really showed them who's large and in charge. And guess what, all that matters is that GOD called Barack to such a time as this!

    Barack is the BIG DOG who's going to make it all the way to the White House. Get behind the man with the plan – BEAT McSHAME!

    Christie from Philly

    June 4, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Sharon from Dumfries Virginia

    Gary, shame on you Obama worked just as hard as Clinton and he won.

    June 4, 2008 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. Enlightened Voter - No hillary for VP

    Obama is a Harvard educated Constitutional Scholar. He did four years as an Illinois Senator and two years as US senator. Also he gave up a lucrative career to perform community service. He also ran a brilliantly run campaign and managed to clinch the nomination as a relatively unknown by working very hard so Stop talking about his lack of so called experience. The ones with 'so called' experience got beat and made bad judgements to boot. BTW, what ever happend to the gas tax holiday?

    June 4, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Julie

    Ah ha ha ha ha ha! Bush is even afraid to contact Obama personally! What a whining chicken bush is. But who needs congrats from a president with the lowest approval rating in history anyway.

    Congrats Obama – job well done!

    June 4, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Georgia Independent

    I wouldn't want a call from GW. But it is curious that the current GW spokesperson can congratulate Obama while Hilary's spokesperson can't? Such grace her campaign exhibits. NOT.

    June 4, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  11. Tracy

    Bush is to busy hiding under his desk to congratulate Obama.

    The men in the white suits are coming Mr. Bush. Just stay where you are.

    June 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. cywbenz

    Tell Bush to call Barack Obama at 3am on the "red" phone , he'll definitely answer the Phone!

    cywbenz from Philly

    June 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. Cheryl Clemmons

    Congratulations Sen. Obama. For you who are Hillary supporters, get behind him. This man has the following and the intelligence to make REAL change, not just change for a few.
    I admire Sen. Clinton and was a supporter until I heard Sen. Obama give one of his electrifyiing speeches. America is ready for this, the generation coming up is ready for this. In have not seen this much excitement about politics in years.
    I too want to see a woman in the White House, and there will be one someday. Sen. Clinton is just not it. Like the pundits on CNN said yesterday, it was her "turn" to run, just like it is McCains ""turn to run. Do we reaally want nothing more than a group of the old guard lined up to be president, or do we neeed a new, freesh, bright, YOUNGER leaader wwho is more vibrant and reaally involved with the people. Sitting in meetings is not experience, its education. Since both of the Obamas are Ivy Leaguers, he surely has the brains for the job. Takee a risk. In 18 months after the election, I'm positivee that President Obama will have made great inroads for a country that is falling aapart. Out with the old and in with the new! And review a tape of McCains speeech last night. A doddering old man with his chin tucked intto his shirt collar that could not read the prompter. I applaud his service to his country as I'm ex Air Force, but their were other POWs and that does not qualify you to run the country.
    And for you racists, and you know who you are, the heck with you. You too are outdated. Sit down andd shut up. Nobody wants to hear it.

    OMAMA 08.

    June 4, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  14. roger4

    Obama does not probably care too much about Bush phone call..But from the part of Bush we can say it is ....cheap...

    June 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Obama is the One

    Bush should call and congratulate him. What a tool!

    Avid Clinton supporters need to recognize the importance of not having John McCain as our next President. It's really quite simple... even if you don't like Obama, the worst of two evils in McCain. DO NOT be so PIG-HEADED as to put Mccain in office by failing to vote for Obama in November.

    Seriously

    June 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  16. RONNIE

    I am sure the White House is glad because now McCain can continue the Bush policies for 4 more years.

    June 4, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  17. Anna

    Ty Mr. President for being adult enought to extend your Congratulations to your new opponent. It's really a shame that Hillary clinton didn't have the grace and dignity to do the same.

    June 4, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  18. Lisa S - St. Louis MO

    That's OK.

    EX-PRESIDENT George "W" Bush can congratulate Barack Obama in person when he is handing over the presidency to him at the inaugeration ceremony in January 2009...

    WOW, that is only 7 months away...I can't wait!!!

    PRAYING for the Dems to win the White House this election!!

    June 4, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Michael - Barbados

    I am not an American, but like the rest of the world, I have been following the Clinton/Obama race unfold with great interest. I feel that once again Bush and Mc Cain have missed a great opportunity to endear themselves to the American people and especially minority groups by not offering very hearty congratulations to Obama. What is indisputable is that it was under a George Bush and Republican administration that Obama accomplished the feat of becoming his country's first African-American nominee of a major party to contest the elections for President!! Guess what, Bush and Mc Cain should be jumping on the bandwagon and claiming that the Republican Party, through its initiatives in giving talented minorities the opportunity to serve their country at the highest level, actually played a major role in creating an environment in which Democrats could feel comfortable nominating an African-American to contest the No 1 job. Bush 41 stood firmly behind his African-American Chairman of Joint Chiefs Colin Powell in the first Iraq war. Then Bush 43 appointed him as Secretary of State and openly gave serious consideration to having him as his VP running mate. Then came Condaleeza Rice – an African-American WOMAN whom 43 also appointed as Secretary of State – arguably the most pivotal position in a war time administration. Americans were therefore able to see and get used to competent African Americans performing outstandingly just a few rungs from the top of the Administration ladder. By the time Obama came on the scene, thanks to the Republicans, it no longer felt strange seeing a black man seeking high political office. After all, if it was ok to have a black SS, why not a black President or VP. So Bush and McCain should have hailed Obama's victory as an important historic moment which their policies of embracing all Americans helped to create!
    To Hilary – you put up a good fight but now is the time to be gracious. Preserve your legacy and act NOW!

    June 4, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  20. Vig

    George Bush and Barrack Obama are more similar than dissimilar. They are both superficial. They say alot, while saying nothing, they get by on attributes that have nothing to do with leadership and they are both bull slingers – if Obama gets in – you will see history repeat itself with another 9/11. Hamas and the rest of the terrorist thugs are celebrating right along with all you Obama sheep.

    June 4, 2008 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  21. E. POWELL I MD, E POWELL MD II & ER. POWELL MD

    MR. BUSH DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT HE COULD HAVE GONE DOWN IN HISTORY IN DOING JUST ONE TELEPHONE CALL. BUT WE ALL KNOW THAT HE WANTS HIS HISTORY TO BE AS HIM AND THE REPUBLICANS SEE IT. THE WORST PRESIDENT IN MODERN TIMES. WHO CARES NOW. HIS FRIEND SCOTT HAVE DONE HIS HISTORY JUSTICE. ONE QUESTION -- "DON'T GOD WORK IN STRANGE WAYS THAT WE WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND?". JUST LIKE HRC AND MCCAIN. GOD WILL HAVE HIS WAY.

    June 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  22. Paula

    Why does Hillary think about the vp? She is 11 million ior so n debt to herself–she needs money.

    June 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  23. Joyce-Houston

    Obama is a very wise and patient man he don't need Hil-liar-y to win the White House did she help him get the Nomination?
    Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid Where are you?

    June 4, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. kentucky

    He's too busy celebrating to congratulate Obama. McCain just got millions of new voters. Sad day.

    June 4, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  25. Bukky

    The ONLY way repubs can win is if the county votes them in. Like him or not for whatever reason... we all know Obama?ANY DEMOCRAT is better than any republican.

    People said "I will Never Vote for Gore"

    People said " I will Never Vote for Kerry"

    Well they didnt... and they got royally screwed in the process. Go ahead... vote Republican. You actually think it will hurt Obama? America keeps shooting itself in the foot. pretty soon it wiont have a leg to stand on.

    When on guy is promissing everything that has failed in the past SEVEN years. Common sense tells you not to be stupid for a 3rd time around...

    June 4, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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