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. Linda Esen

    Spirit of America;

    why dont u throw yourself under the bus with a Wright, a few facts:

    1) He denounced wright and elequantly adressed the issue.
    2) why dont you adress specific issue oriented faults instead of the character defamation used against him – lets discuss policy what McBush has to offer the suffer the Amrican populus or what Obama will accomplish. So RNC bring on your dirty ol politics and see whether the Americans who create a governement for the people and by the people wil tolerate it.
    3) he will no doubt take us to a new history – American history – this is the greatest and blessed nation in the world. We are on the brink of losing that – but the thing with beiong blessed is that despite the circumtance – something will always come along and lift to you to where you need to be – Presedent Barack Obama

    June 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. Abby

    Enlightened Voter, senator Obama was in the Illinois Senate for 10 years! not four.

    June 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Dwayne- 26- Knoxville, TN

    What a great moment in history in our 2008!!! Obama lets take on it to the White House!! We are behind you and we are registering new voters everyday!!

    June 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  4. winner?

    Only in his mind and the minds of his rabid hateful supporters did this man emerge the winner.

    More than 50% of his own party WILL NOT vote for him

    June 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. elvispresleyObamo

    »HURRAH!...HURRAH!...The GREAT Senator Barack Obama WON!...I knew it!...VICTORY!...Goodbye annoying Hillary"So Fake" Clinton!...Bye bye!!...(don´t comeback!) VICTORY!!...VICTOOOOORY!!

    June 4, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. mama4obama

    I just love this guy. Genuinely sincere in every way. Way to go Barack.

    June 4, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. lynette

    Way to go Obama. You deserve it. You played by the rules and thus won. Stay true to what you believe and bring it on home. I am truly proud of you.

    June 4, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Stephina

    Obama's defeat in November by McCain will be his "real" humbling experience!!!

    McCain in 2008

    June 4, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. elvispresleyObamo

    »VICTORY!!...Congratulations great Senator Barack Obama. GOODBYE FAKE woman!!...VICTORY!!...

    June 4, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. Erika, KS

    Oh please. He and the DNC railroaded Hillary Clinton because people can't stand the idea of a woman being in charge. This guy is so unqualified, so inexperienced. Big deal that he can speak well. Just wait and see the republicans swift boat him right out of here.

    June 4, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. OBAMACAN- CA

    AMEN to BARACK OBAMA.

    Obama is a GOD loving GOD fearing man.

    We are EVIL for allowing ourselves to be fooled by McBush. Let us not be fooled by McSAME into staying in an EVIL WAR.

    PLEASE VOTE OBAMA WHILE GOD STILL LOVES US!

    June 4, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  12. Linda Welch

    You have got to respect this man. Barak Omaba. He knows he is in for a battle. The GOP will not go out quietly. Karl Rove is waiting to sling all his dirt and lies, hoping people will believe them. John McCain is a nasty fighter too. I can't stand him or Joe Liberman of Connecticut... War Mongers! The Clintons will not campaign with Barak if Hillary isn't the VP (big mistake to make her VP). Go Barak! You do not need the Clintons or anyone else. You have your own style and leadership qualities that place you mountains beyond them. I am proud to be an Obama supporter. We are finally going to have a leader for American in the 21st Century. Lots of us will be working for him without pay, because we love our Country and want to see it thrive and lead the world in peace and prosperity forever.

    June 4, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Richard

    Congradulations to the democratic party for moving onto the next step. Now all we need to do is put Hilary on as vp on the ticket. It will guarantee as super stomp of the republicans. Everyone gets what they want. Hilary supporters get what they want and Obama supporters get what they want. Everyone is happy and they can share ideas since it turns out (not a really accepted idea in American anymore) that debating issues to determine the best set of variables provides a better solution to what I say goes.Together they can bring their ideas together and make the country stronger and have it return to the glory days.

    June 4, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. joe smith

    some of the names mentioned earlier as possible vp mates, were intriging, including ms clinton; but to distant himself from the insider thing, mr. obama might consider a centrist business mogal, former presidents of corporations, chairman of the board type, with a track record of success, men or women who can handle "the buck stops here" approach; who..there are many, but is wall street ready for this person..

    June 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. B - NYC

    ***************************************************************************
    With due respects to Senator Obama for running a good campaign, despite needing four times the money and the title of "media darling" to win.

    His supporters need to realize a few things... They have been rude and disrespectful to Senator Clinton therefore, rude to her supporters... What they are failing to realize is that HE NEEDS HER, SHE DOES NOT NEED HIM and we will NOT support him, which means, he will in fact not have enough votes to win in November...

    I would start being a bit respectful if I were you...

    ***************************************************************************

    June 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. KP, FL

    Here's another Donation Mr. Obama. REMEMBER, NO HILLARY!

    June 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Oregon calling -

    Don't forget operation chaos. I would make a wager that the main ones that said that they would vote for McCain are the majority of that group. That would be about 25 – 30%.(imo).
    I have it on very good authority that (believe it or not) Idaho will go blue and vote for Obama in Nov. Yippee!!!! Please think about all of the open primaries and caucuses that Obama has won in usually red states, these can not be discounted.
    Where I believe that Sen Clinton will do the most good for our party is in the Supreme Court, we need a fighter like her there to rain in what the current administration has done. And she could also put the hammer down with respect to the rights of us ordinary people.
    Congrats Sen. Obama. Please think of the true Dems when making your decision, we want to turn the page. When asked my 84 grandmother if it should be a joint ticket, her comment surprised me, No way in hell (and she was a former Rep) but went on to say that the Supreme Court would be a great place for the fighter in Hillary.
    On to the People's House @ 1600 in DC 🙂

    June 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  18. Proud Mom

    Congratulations, Barak Obama!!!

    We are so proud of you and the very clean, noble, and humble way you carry yourself – so fit to be the president of our great nation. You started as an underdog – "Barak who?" – and most of us thought you would not possibly come this far, even though we prayed hard for this day. But you still have a long, hard road ahead of you. And we are especially concerned about your safety. We pray that God surround you with His angels and protect you from all harm against evil. May the Lord bless you with His Power and Grace that you may be faithful to His Will and bring our nation into His Glory! Amen. Amen. Amen.

    June 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. DEMS UNITE!!!

    Congratulations Sen. Obama on finally capturing the nomination. Many of us have put our faith in this counrty in you and I hope we can move this country together in the proper direction over the next 8 years!

    OBAMA '08 +'12!!!!

    June 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  20. John, OH

    Onward and forward, eh what.

    June 4, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. NoMcSame

    ....one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. The dream is alive and well for ALL Americans to reach the mountain top. See you there America.
    Obama08 We,We,We not I,I,I as we heard in Hillarys speach.

    June 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. mike

    From My bottom of my heart God bless America especially with those believed equality for all humankind.

    June 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. berksdan

    What an incredible honest man! He credits others with his success, and recognizes that he is the culmination of a legacy of struggle.

    It is not all about him. Unusal in politics.

    How refreshing.

    June 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  24. Black American

    I'm so proud to be an American.....

    June 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  25. KP, FL

    YES WE CAN YES WE CAN
    YES WE DID YES WE DID
    YES WE WILL YES WE WILL

    June 4, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
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