June 4th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama calls win 'very humbling'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/04/art.obamacap.ap.jpg caption="Obama is back on Capitol Hill Wednesday."] WASHINGTON (CNN) - Barack Obama's run for the White House bodes well for the future, the presumptive Democratic nominee told CNN Wednesday, a day after he clinched the nomination.

"I have heard from a number of people already, both black and white, that their kids - 7, 8, 9 years old - take for granted now that, of course a black can run for president, that a woman can run for president," he said.

"There is a matter-of-factness to it that i think bodes well for the future."

The Illinois senator said it was "an enormous honor" and "very humbling" to be the first African-American to lead a major party ticket for president.

"You think about all the people who had to knock down barriers for me to walk through this door," he said in a Senate hallway. "And the challenges they went through were so much more difficult, so much more severe, and the risks they took were so much greater that I will say, last night standing in that auditorium, it struck me that it was testimony to them."

Obama dodged questions about Hillary Clinton, his rival for the Democratic nomination who has not admitted defeat.

They spoke by telephone Tuesday night and met briefly Wednesday in person at the annual conference of a pro-Israel lobbying group, the America-Israel Public Affairs Committee.

"It wasn't a detailed conversation," Obama said. "As I said, I am very confident about how we're going to be able to bring this party together."

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  1. CW4Barak


    May GOD bless and keep you and your family and everyone around you. May he light and direct your path always.

    Obama '08!

    June 4, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Not asleep at the Switch

    am I the ONLY one who has seen the Huffington post article on Hillary where the Hillary camp says she wants the VP spot to be offerred to her so she can TURN IT DOWN!! Then goes on to say to the Obama Camp " And don't you DARE offer the VP post to ANOTHER WOMAN"

    Cnn has been deleteing posts all morning about it.

    June 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. gary

    You haters give it up. Its people like you thats going to ruin O.B. in Nov.HRC has deserved a spot on the ticket. If it was turned around ,she would pick him.If O.B. knew how his supporters put hate on the Clintons and her supporters through this whole race,he wouldn't be happy. He is for unity ,and all you O.B. supporters just bring hate. We will never have unity ,because you haters have made it impossible to help O.B. We will vote MCCAIN .His supporters dont hate on anyone. They are more muture.O.B.'S young supporters are so immature,they know nothing about our country. There will not be unity.There is to much hate from you .Who ever O.B. picks for his VP. is his own business. If he picks HRC ,its because he knows they would be the best ,and unbeatable. So why dont you haters get a life and learn some respect,because you sure the didn't get taught very good by your parents.

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

    Seems like Spirit of America has no spirit.

    Congratulations Sen(Pres) Obama, I look forward to voting for you in November and witness you sworn in as President in Jan 2009.

    Fire it up !

    June 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Goodbye Dems

    These SD's don't even get to vote until the Convention. They are suppose to choose the best choice and clearly, someone stepped in and gave a great speal to lure them to promise a vote against the 18 million voters choice. And giving Texas 2 votes and MI and FL 1/2? PLEEEEEZ! The flaud caucus? These rules were made to steal the nomination, not protect it. I'm disgusted and changing my party to 'Independent'. I can not support a disenfranchising party. I have seen enough. Good Bye Democrats, I hope you join me Hillary.

    June 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Beltway Insider

    Senator Obama: humble, magnanimous, gracious, honest, positive, and uplifting.

    Mrs. Clinton: arrogant, petty, divisive, deceptive, negative, and destructive.

    Looks like WE chose the right candidate.

    OBAMA '08

    June 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  7. obama == supporter== arkansas


    you rock
    you stole the glory of some people, but god you really won hearts of many. there fore you will prevail.
    we love you and your beautiful family.

    look do this till dem. convention, hillary want quit, think about it. if you do this
    kick his but good


    June 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Matthew

    He probably shouldn't get used to it. The electoral map doesn't favor him in November. It'll be truly priceless if he wins the popular vote and loses the electoral college, which I actually think is very likely to happen. He'll come a lot closer in the red states than Hillary ever would have, but he'll still lose them. He'll have blowout wins in true blue Dem states, but in the general it doesn't matter if you win by 2% or 20%. An then there's the issue of Ohio, PA and Florida. My bet is he loses all three (Ohio and PA by a close margin but Florida will be a blowout) and with it the presidency.

    June 4, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Anne

    @Spirit of America....he very well may have been. It's interesting how people can easily pounce on the negatives of one man and make them overshawdow all the good that he has done, but the same people can't see the negatives in themselves, their family members, and own personal leaders.

    June 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Randy - Denver

    A true statesman. His speech last night, his demeanor throughout this campaign so far, has shown that he is a gentleman. He has been very supportive and complimentary of Ms. Clinton throughout the primary and, with few exceptions, has always shown himself to be above the personal attacks and gracious to her even when I felt he should be railing aginst her. he has quietly accepted all the lies and twisted truths from the Republicans and within his own party without the anger and, what I would call the righteous indignation, most others would, and have shown. I feel he is a GREAT STATESMAN and willbecome one of our GREATEST PRESIDENTS!!!

    June 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    America may have finally grown up!

    June 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  12. al

    Once again, the dem voteres have been proven to be wrong again to pick a loser as a dem nominee.

    June 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Robert NYC & Miami


    June 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  14. wow

    Least qualified gets the nomination handed to him by the party with the full support of a biased media.

    June 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  15. Bayou Joe

    I don't think that it's God's hand on his shoulder. Whatever it is, it is not from God. God loves America. He does not condemn it.

    June 4, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  16. Dennis

    Congratulations to Senator Obama and Senator Clinton. Both candidates ran historical campaigns. They should both be proud of how far they have made it. I hope Senator Obama can take the next step and become the first African-American to be elected President. I hope Senator Clinton finds a home in his administration. Although I don't agree with everything she says, she gets things done, and she proved to be a fighter during the primary season.

    June 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. White Independent

    There is something happening when Americans who are young in age and in spirit – who have never before participated in politics – turn out in numbers we’ve never seen because they know in their hearts that this time must be different.
    There is something happening when people vote not just for the party they belong to but the hopes they hold in common – that whether we are rich or poor; black or white; Latino or Asian; whether we hail from Iowa or New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina, we are ready to take this country in a fundamentally new direction. That is what’s happening in America right now. Change is what’s happening in America.
    You can be the new majority who can lead this nation out of a long political darkness – Democrats, Independents and Republicans who are tired of the division and distraction that has clouded Washington; who know that we can disagree without being disagreeable; who understand that if we mobilize our voices to challenge the money and influence that’s stood in our way and challenge ourselves to reach for something better, there’s no problem we can’t solve – no destiny we cannot fulfill. We are the change we've been seeking.

    June 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. freedom

    Congrad's obama i love you and your spirit it shines thru us all those of course with true hearts and souls.

    "yes we can"

    June 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. Richard, FL

    "It has been an honor to contest these primaries with him. It is an honor to call him my friend." - Hillary Clinton, today

    It is a disgrace to her that so many of her avid supporters say they will vote for McCain. Without any doubt they are admitting that they don't trust her judgement, think she is lying, and doesn't care about the future of our country.

    June 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  20. Independent in Iowa

    This is win/win for Hillary.

    She should get the VP spot. If he denies it to her, then he will be defeated and she can run again in 2012.

    Face it, Obamabots, you need her to put your candidate in office. If you expect 17 million of her voters to support your candidate, you'd better support us.

    June 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  21. Dandelion.

    I love you Obama!

    June 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. RH

    6/3/2008 and 9:00 PM A moment that will be remembered forever

    June 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  23. Thomas

    Still talking about how he is going to change EVERYTHING... but will he ever ask how will I afford it? Thats right Obama YOU CANT you cant give everyone everything you say..

    I'm voting for someone else.

    June 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  24. SANAA

    For the first time in my adult life, I'm actually proud to be an American..........I'm so proud of you Barack Obama you were a total gentleman last night, unlike you rival Mcsame ( does anyone else think he looks like the "crypt keeper")?.........


    June 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  25. Kim K.

    To: Obama Supporter In Iowa

    Well said. You nailed it!!!

    June 4, 2008 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
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