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. Jodie, Idaho

    This is a great day in American history. Just think over a few hundred years ago, african americans were treated as less than human, and now the first african american democratic presidential nominee. Wow!! We have come a long way. We have sent a message to the world today. America really is a land of opportunity.

    June 4, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  2. Proud American

    For once in my lifetime, the first time in my lifetime, I am proud to have watched real Democracy in action. Strong arm politics was thrown out for open door policies. I am so proud this country has come far enough to say NO to old school dirty politics and say YES to a bi-racial man from Chicago who gives us hope. He has already kept his first campaign promise....he gave us "Change We CAN Believe In" when he beat down the Clinton machine.

    This older southern white woman is very very proud to be an American today.

    June 4, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  3. Deb

    I have no doubt this whole little article was written to answer what McCain said last night about his Arrogance and believe that he is destined for this moment in history!

    NO THANKS!

    I'm with the Candidate that is for the people and ready to serve the people…and has the voice of the people from being with us!

    Don’t pretend to know what is best for us like we where sheep!

    June 4, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  4. amtFresno,CA

    Congratulations to Barack Obama. What a historical event. The whole world is expressing it. It is simply MARVELOUS DARLING, I LOVE IT. The next Pres of U. S. Barack Obama. WH no place for Clintons!!-No Veep.

    June 4, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  5. Ismail Warsame

    It amazes me that some commentors and the media in general are still contempleting and discussing about the future of Hillary Clinton when she has yet to gracefully accept defeat. Would people still trust a nail-biter, unable to even overcome her vanity and name recognition.

    June 4, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  6. Marcus, Great Lakes IL

    Carly,

    No, the most arrogant candidate in memory just happens to be sitting in the White House now. Who else would thumb their nose at the rest of the world. You are either with us or against us? And who is us? God knows none of his relatives have gone to Iraq.

    June 4, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Lisa

    Congratulations Senator Obama, the way you are running your Campaign is truly inspiring and loaded with grace and power- thanks for doing whats right in the face of so much un-right. My word of encouragement to you is FLOW-

    And remember that meakness is not weakness but power and wisdom under control!

    God bless you and your wonderful wife an girls I know they are proud of you!

    June 4, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  8. LaLa in KCMO

    Clinton should NOT be the VP – this is not where she will excel. She is going to be FAR better suited and MUCH more valuable and effective in the Senate or perhaps the head of a government agency ... even the Cabinet, we need her fighting spirit somewhere where laws are made: the Senate.

    Sit back and work your mojo in the Senate. Vice President is going to do anything for Clinton and Clinton won't bring near as much to the VP position as she would in the Senate or head of an agency or maybe, but doubtful, the Cabinet.

    June 4, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. aware

    Congratulations to the extreme left media and the foolish Dems who have anointed the object of their love affair. You now have a very cautious, biracial presumptive nominee who has marinated in Black Liberation Theology and racist rhetoric for decades! 🙁

    Hillary is the best, and I will support whatever she decides. VP would be my last choice unless she knows something I don't?

    But, if she takes it to the convention to secure Universal Health Care and/or if she secures the next Supreme Court position she will continue to serve admirably! 🙂

    Joining McCain on his ticket would satisfy many of her supporters as would running as an Independent.

    The Dems no longer deserve her support and service or Bill's, and I would love to see the new biracial guy fail all by himself!

    Anticipating Hillary's decision with hope and prayer!

    June 4, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Wil

    History. First because he is an African American who is the Democratic Nominee. Second, the young people of this country worked hard for a man that we believe in. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about black kids and white kids being able to eat and play together. What he spoke about came together and pushed Sen. Obama to his current position and it will push him to be the First Black President of America. If only Dr. King was alive to see the dream. The young can teach the old as well. GOD BLESS you Obama!!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. Adam - TX

    Obama = Hypocrite

    June 4, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Brendan

    Last night we got the latest in the series of graceless and tasteless speeches that have been the trademark of the Clinton campaign. Rather than simply congratulate Barack Obama on such a historic night, she again trotted out the meaningless claim that she had more votes. Once again she reminded all interested in helping to contact Hillary Clinton.com. This woman with a family fortune in excess of $100,000,000 again, without shame, told the story of how she took money from a school boy who sold his bike and video games to support her. She is without conscience or shame and children should be protected from predatory people like her. While she voices concern (real or affected) for the disadvantaged, husband Bill calls critics scumbags and slime. Obama would be mad to have this pair on his ticket: they would undermine and destroy him.

    HILLARY, BILL-YOU LOST

    June 4, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  13. jt

    Too bad McCain is a war hero and of course he will win.

    Obama, Kerry, Mondale all the same. Losers!

    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  14. SHE LOST

    WHAT IN GOD'S NAME ARE THE PUNDITS AND THE MEDIA DOING THEY JUST KEEP THIS WOMAN FEELING AS IF SHE HAS WON SOMETHING SHE HAS LOST THE PRIMARY. AND IF YOU HILLARY SUPPORT ARE SO SORE THAT SHE HAS LOST AND WANT TO CAST YOUR VOTE FOR THE REPUBS THEN WHAT DOES THAT SAY FOR YOU? YOU ARE JUST AS POWER HUNGRY AS SHE IS. SHE HAD A FAIR PRIMARY SEASON AND SHE LOST GET OVER IT. WE REAL TRUE DEMOCRATS WILL LEAD ON IN OUR DETERMINATIONS TO TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK WHILE YOU FAKE DEMS TRY AS HARD TO SELL IT OUT. ALL TRUE AND REAL DEMOCRATICE LET US BAND TOGETHER AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY AND BRING OUT FAMILY MEMBERS HOME FROM THIS WAR THAT WAS ONLY TO GIVE BUSH A NAME. TO BRING HEALTHCARE, EDUCATION, AND A SENSE OF PRIDE BACK TO THE MAIN FRONT WE HAVE WORK TO DO LETS GET BUSY ALL TURE AND REAL DEMOCRATS AND

    LEAVE THE FALSE DEMOCRATS WHERE THEY STAND AS LOOSERS

    June 4, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Ed - Washington DC

    I now hope that Barack does not choose Hillary as a running mate. Hillary is brilliant and often a better speaker than she is generally perceived to be. But she needs to rebuild her ego – get over her starving for applause and personal adulation – before she can be an integral part of a program for governing as envisioned by Barack Obama.

    June 4, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  16. YAY!

    Obama is awesome!

    June 4, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. Jane

    It is amazing to me that now that Obama has finally been able to clinch the nomination, his followers on these "Comments" still continue to hurl hate-filled remarks at Senator Clinton. Where do these people come from ??!!!

    June 4, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. Harlow

    Congratulatons Mr. Obama from a former Republican in Wisconsin!

    June 4, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. GOD BLESS OBAMA

    Congratulation president Obama!We've done it.

    June 4, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Wayne

    I have seen all of Obama's speeches, many of them more than once starting with his speech at the Democratic Convention back in 2004. Last night...Last night was the best I have ever heard. I am proud to be an American.

    Democracy is self correcting. Bush was a mistake that hurt us all badly. Obama is the solution.

    June 4, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Dan in AL

    The worst mistake that Obama could make is listening to Jimmy Carter! He was the worst president in my lifetime!

    All right, really the worst mistake would be picking Carter for VP, but other than that...

    Obama/Clinton '08/'12

    June 4, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  22. Keifer S.

    No country for old men! Just say no to McCain.

    June 4, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  23. Steve in California

    I am a Democrat first and for Obama second. I would have voted for either Hillary or Barack, but am pleased that Barack has the nomination. I am old enough to remember when African Americans had to ride in the back of the bus, couldn't go to schools, and couldn't sit with everyone else at lunch counters. My friends, that was only 50 years ago. It is absolutely amazing to see how far America has come. We just went through a nomination process between a woman and an African American. Absolutely amazing. I have been sad to be an American over the last 8 years. I am now, once again proud of what my country is becoming.

    McCain's speech last night completely missed the point. He is a doddering old man who is being fed sound bites that are completely out of touch with the realities of our world. Add to that the weird, grandfatherly, almost whiney way he delivered his speech, and it is apparent that Obama is going to kick his butt. Once Obama wins, I sincerely hope he gives Hillary one of the key posts on his Cabinet. She should NOT take VP, and he should NOT offer it. VP is just arm candy for the president, and is mostly ceremonial. Give Hillary something she can sink her teeth into, to fix the damage the Repubs have done over the last 8 years!!!!

    June 4, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  24. cosma

    YES WE CAN MR. PRESIDENT IN GOD WE TRUST.DEMS,REPS AND INDEPENDENTS AS ONE AMERICAN WE SEEK FOR CHANGE

    June 4, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  25. Dave in Atlanta

    It's funny how when Hillary scored victories, her speeches were all ME ME ME. And when Obama wins his speeches talk about the voters.

    June 4, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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