June 4th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
13 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. Former Dem-Changed to Independent Today

    LOL – wait until he sees how humble he's gonna feel when he gets his butt handed to him in November

    June 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  2. Wisconsin Vet

    Congrats Obama

    And honestly picking HRC as your VP is a move I have just one thing to say or better for you to think over:

    Politically she can bring in the fanatics that will jump ship and is a strong ally, But after all these months can you trust her as a person not to undermind you or even set you up for her next positioning in a few years

    really can you trust her as a person?

    June 4, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. Hamid

    This is without a doubt an historic defining event not just for America, but for the entire world.
    I urge all Americans not waist this great opportunity to restore their standing as the leader of the free world. Obama is the only current candidate capable of achieving this task.

    June 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  4. Sharon from Dumfries Virginia

    Humbling he is!!! Congratulations Sir on a job well done.

    TO GOD BE THE GLORY

    June 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Paula

    President Obama, You are the chosen one! I feel the spirit when you speak; you move me like no other! I beleive that "God" is guiding your path as a "Ordinary Man" to do "Extraordinary Things"! I can see it happening before us and I want to believe you will always do the right thing as you are a "Good Man" that will do our Country proud!

    We are all so very proud !

    Senator McCain will beat only himslef
    it is very painful to watch and hear him speak !

    Stay on course with the issues and from this day forward don't even mention your rival's name just talk about your plans, cause if he keeps speaking your name, he has nothing else to talk about and we already know that!

    June 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  6. Hard Working Martha

    CONGRATULATIONS! One down and one-to-go. And for all those who don't think he'll make it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave – stay tuned.

    June 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. Tony

    Obama will never win alone. Without Clinton, McBush is a definite.

    So sick of the media in their usual ridiculous overkill reporting on Obama's nomination with headlines like, "Look What We Didi!", "America Chooses Obama", "America Has Spoken", blah, blah, blah.

    Let's face it. Obama did NOTHING. If it had not been for the white vote in Iowa he would have been out of the reace before he was even in it.

    If he had not played the race card and gotten the majority of the black community who are unable to think for themselves behind him from day one he would have been history, not made it, long ago AND if he does not pick Hillary as a running mate he may as well not even bother becaue he will lose in a landslide to McBush.

    Another fact is the majority of the Democratic voters, the Democratic Party and the superdelegates can't see beyond the end of their noses. The voters are ignorant and believe whatever they are told to believe, The Party will never learn, even after loss after loss in Congress and the White House, and the delegates are more concerned with gettign re-elected than anything else, even more than getting back both houses of Congress and the White House for the first time in decades.

    IF, and that is a big IF, Obama should win it will be because the white vote and Hillary on the ticket gave him the presidency, or without her on the ticket, it will be because more Americans than not have finally awakend from their 8 year sleep and realized that they are so disgusted with Bush and Cheney, who have always been interested in only two things – power and their bank accounts and to hell with the country and its peoplem and witih the Republican Party as a whole.

    Should Obama succeed it will not be because of anything he has done, just because he was carried to victory by what others have done for him.

    June 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  8. get real

    Congratulations Obama,

    I know you will make us proud. Have your moment. We will be here during Novemeber to cast our votes for the next President of the United States:

    Barack Obama 08'

    June 4, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Britney

    My personal goal is to register at least 1,000 people by November in order to vote for you, Mr. Obama. I owe you this one. Take care. Can't wait to see you in the white house. I love you sir. You're my god.

    June 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Bukky

    Spirit of America June 4th, 2008 1:03 pm ET

    Was/is one of those persons who knocked barriers Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the man Obama threw under the bus for political expediency?

    Mr. Spirit

    Wright dove head first infront of the bus with out any help from Obama. Check your facts. After the first Incident Obama went out on the limband defended the man. Said he disagreed but he would not disown him. What Wright did by that media whirlwind was slap Obama in the face... friends dont bring the sharks to your door step

    June 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Hanif from California, Obama Supporter

    I can not put in words how much I am happy for what Senator Obama has achieved. He has inspired so many Americans and non Americans with his policies and dreams for United States of America and the World. I am from Afghanistan and a permanent US citizen working as an engineer in one of leading renewable energy companies in United States. I do not have the right to vote but I am honored to support Senator Obama who I believe will bring back America to its glory in the World. I love America and he is going to be a president who once again will make Americans proud to be Americans as John. F Kennedy did.
    t is time for America to come together as a nation and together we can make America a caring nation not only to its citizen but the World.

    I am disappointed with Senator Clinton comments and approaches, I believe that she is a very smart woman who has changed the American history by running for presidency, but she may need to realize that the presidency of United State should be about the Americans and not about her ego for presidency. It is time to come together as Americans, Democrats, Republicans, and people of all races and background to tackle the challenges we face today.

    I believe Senator Obama is the best candidate who can deal with today’s challenges that US faces, such as global terrorism, economy, healthcare and most of all caring about the rest of the world.

    Being from a country which has been a victim of terrorism, I believe we need to stop the policies of fear and tough talks which we saw in the past 8 years did not do any good, and start to engage in global talks with countries which doesn’t necessary agrees with US policies.
    It is impossible for US to sustain its security and economy without getting engaged with the rest of the world. We need to strengthen our relations with Europe and encourage Unite Nations to play more active role in resolving world conflicts.

    I think some people are taking the comments of Senator Obama out of context about engaging with dialogs with Iran, Syria, and North Korea. I believe the leaders of these countries are the Iranian, Syrian and North Korean versions of President Bush and it is nonsense that we have listened and taken President Bush policies for the past 8 years but refuse to even start a diplomatic dialog with the Iranian, Syrian and North Korean leaders.

    I wish good luck for Senator Obama and I believe he will win the presidency of United States and I will be looking forward and honored to vote for him in his second term when I get eligible to vote.

    Good bless America and the world.

    Hanif Mashal
    Ventura, California

    June 4, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Phil From VA

    Carly.. where do you see arrogance? From humble beggings to this historic moment. He stayed true to his values.

    June 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  13. Chula

    Obama ATTENDED a RACIST CHURCH and applauded the sermons given by Rev. Wright

    Obama ATTENDED an ANTI-AMERICAN Church and donated $27,000 to help promote hatred towards Americans.

    Obama sees Americans as the "Typical White Person"

    Obamas sees Americans as "Bitter, Gun Toting, Faithless" people

    Obama has been the GREAT DIVIDER of the Democratic party and millions of Democrats will refuse to vote for him in November.

    I have never tolerated or supporter racism....and I am not about to start now...just because Obama is black.

    Obama has proven that he CANNOT be trusted with our great nation.

    NO OBAMA......even if it means McCain wins in November.

    We survived 8 years of Bush so 4 years of McCain will be a piece of cake.

    After all voting for Obama would be like voting for another Bush term.

    NO OBAMA!!!

    June 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  14. MavTx

    Congratulations to Senator, soon to be President Barack Obama.

    He handled himself brilliantly throughout the Democratic Primary.

    We need President in the White House who will tell us the truth, nothing more and nothing less.

    We need a President who will hard everyday to fix the economy, make us safe against terrorists, and respect its citizens.

    Now that the Democratic Party got it right- – let's pray that America follows suit and gives Senator Obama the popular and electoral votes it takes to win the White House for the American people.

    Good Luck soon to be President Barrack Obama, and God bless you, your family, and America.

    June 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Independent-Cuban-American-woman-voter-for-Obama

    WE ARE SO PROUD OF SEN. OBAMA! WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

    Just as Sen. Obama said last night, I too, believe in the goodness of we, the American people. There will always be the small-minded-Rush-dittoheads-fear-mongering among us. However, I believe that the our nation is FED UP with the politics of destruction-swiftboating-lies-division!

    Its time to come together as one nation, indeed under God. Its been a tragedy that the Republicans have given Christians such a bad name by spewing hatred and division!

    We DO need to talk to Hamas, Iran, North Korea........ and ALL our enemies! There is an old wise saying: "Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer!"

    Those who would denounce Sen. Obama for speaking to our enemies are ignorant! War should only be our last resort, not the first!

    What has war with Iraq given us? More enemies, more terrorists, more debt (over $10 TRILLION), more loss of life of our wonderful soldiers dying at 19 for what? LIES & OIL!

    The truth will set us free of Bush and his cronies! But watch out the RNC will throw everything it can against Sen. Obama....... we, the people, need to be prepare for the real scorched earth!

    June 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. CONGRADULATIONS MCCAIN

    YOU DID IT YOU DID IT YOU JUST NOMINATED A BLACK MUSLEM, WITH AMERICA BASHING PRIESTS!

    YOU GAVE THE RIGHT WINGERS THE BEST POSSIBLE DEM TO THRASH IN THE GENERAL ELECTION!

    GOD SAVE AMERICA

    June 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Kay

    Congratulations Obama! Congratulations United States of America! We just may be on the road to change!

    June 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Tim from Orlando

    Actually I told my son Malcolm, that this shows he can be President; even with his big ears.

    June 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Jeff

    He'd better be humbled, he's the weakest candidate to be nominated (if he will be the nominee) in years, and has sort of stumbled towards the finish line with barely 50% of the popular vote. This is hardly a win and he has just 100 delegate margin over Hillary with a deficit in overall votes.

    Due to the contentious nature of this race, she should still go to the convention. Obama cannot win a general election even if he is the Dems nominee.

    June 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  20. Tony

    Sandi:

    It was some of the American people, the Democratic Party and superdelegates who want to get re-elected who gave the nomination to Obama. You sound like the media. Proclaiming him the Messiah and this the second coming! What a joke!

    Fact is withoout the white vote in Iowa he would have been out of the race loooong ago, and if he doesn't find someone with some ounce of intelligence to TELL HIM to choose Clinton as his running mate then he ma as well give it up now.

    He will win with her on the ticket, but not because of who he is or anything he has done, but for the people who carried that loser on their shoulders and put him in the Oval Office.

    June 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  21. D MELTON

    I THINK IT'S AN AWFUL IDEA, OBAMA AND HILLARY ON A TICKET TOGETHER. IT WOULD BE A MISTAKE THAT HE'D NEVER RECOVER FROM. I FEEL LIKE SHE'S A BULLY. SHE DIDN'T GET THE NOMINATION AS SHE EXPECTED, SO NOW SHE'S GOING TO FORCE HERSELF ON THE PARTY AS THE VP NOMINEE. SHE WANTS IN, AND IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW. I SEE HER SABOTAGING (SP) HIM AT EVERY TURN. IF HE WASN'T GOOD ENOUGH TO BE POTUS, PER MS CLINTON, THEN WHY IS HE GOOD ENOUGH FOR HER TO WORK ALONGSIDE. MR OBAMA, PLS DO NOT SELECT HILLARY CLINTON AS YOUR RUNNING MATE.

    THANK YOU

    June 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  22. Nezzie Shabazz

    "I am so proud of you Mr. Obama" from a little 60 year old grandma.

    June 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Gene

    Clarification.....Obama may be a "man of color" but he is not an African American. You cannot tell me that his experience of a Prep School in Hawaii and Harvard is anything close to that of a young man who grows up hearing gunshots and pushing his way past dope pushers, pimps and hookers. Regardless of what his campaign may say, he has been playing the race card all along...every time you see him on TV. No one can ignore that he is not white, but misleading my real African American friends that he is somehow "just like them" is another marketing gimmick. He is a product of excellent marketing that points him in the direction of being whatever their research tells him that he needs to be. And the media willingly buy in.

    June 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. Chris

    Carly wrote..Humbling? This, from the most arrogant candidate in memory? Puh-leeze!!

    You are on a bitter train aren't you. Wake up and see the sunlight. It might give you a better perspective in life.

    June 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  25. Sarah

    Hillary will bow out as soon as she collect enough money to cover her dept...
    I went to her website last night per her recommendations: They just wanted money. You will not be able to read anything other than donate or contribute blocking your way...

    Yes we can
    but NOT IF HILLARY IS VP

    June 4, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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