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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soundoff (617 Responses)
  1. Geri

    I fear for the US and the world if he becomes president.

    June 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. Mike the Independent from Ohio

    Funny how in his victory speach last night, he spoke so highly of his grandmother for rasing him when 2 and a 1/2 months ago he called her "a typical white person". This guy is nothing more than a liar and a fraud. If he does in fact get the White House, the USA will be a scary place...Well, if Obama, Hillary, or McCain get the White House the USA will be a scary place...how did this country end up with 3 horrible presidental candidates

    June 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. MD in GA

    Words like humble, honor and down to earth keep coming up in conversations with and about Senator Barack Obama. To be clear, he is not a perfect man but I do think he is a good and kind man who happens to be smart and strong at the same time.

    I also believe that Senator McCain is a good and kind man. Also seems down to earth.

    It's their policies that will make or break the election.

    But for now, Senator Obama we (The AFAM community) are so proud we could just bust... Never in my 51 years did I expect to see this happen. Congratulations my brother...

    June 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. peggyledbetter

    Congratulations Obama to a well deserved win..... we love you here in Frisco, Texas!!!!!

    June 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    Gracious, humble, and sincere. So, contrast that to Hillary: dishonest, narcissistic, extortionist, blackmailing, egomaniac, dillusional, ungrateful.

    Who do you want running the country?

    June 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  6. Let's Unite

    I have been anxiously hoping to see headlines such as these since before the announcement was made in Illinois over 16 months ago. Congratulations Obama!

    Democrats '08.

    June 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  7. boered1

    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?

    What a moron you are!

    He did NOT "throw Rev. Wright under the bus" for political expediancey. Rev. Wright acknowledged many of the problems that America has had over the course of his life (Folks you could understand why blacks thought AIDS was loosed on them by the government if you had any knowledge about the government and the "Tuskeegee experiment") he pointed out that MANY of the problems in the middle east can be traced back to things WE DID there (we put Saddam in power, we put the Taliban in power, we ARMED Al-Queda, we put the Iranian leadership in power, it is HISTORY FOLKS LOOK IT UP!) However, when the reverand Wright stood up and attacked Obama for daring to question his views. Obama dropped him, in other words, the FACTS Wright was spouting were accurate and worth defending, but the attack on obama, and the lack of ability on Rev Wrights part to admit that he could ahve overstated the problems, were sufficient for Obama to say ENOUGH!

    Not thrown under the bus for political expediancy but dropped because he could not come into the 21st century but could only cling to the hatreds of his past. Much like those who will be "dropped" from the democratic party because they are stuck in the past and cannot make it to the 21st century.

    June 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. NYC

    I wish that stupid Bob Johnson and others would just sit down and relax. Senator Obama hasn't had a chance to breathe without them already shoving Hillary down his throat.

    June 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  9. for Obama

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! I am so proud. God bless you, Barack!

    My sons (8 y.o) are very happy and they understand what is going on. They are a future of the USA. Lets do it together for them.

    OBAMA 08

    June 4, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Make Love Not War

    I'm so happy!

    I love you all.

    June 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. bmark

    Congradulation. I pray God will direct every step of your ways give you wisdom and for those who works around you, thanks for your humble character.

    June 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  12. Kiah

    Democrats stand up and UNITE!

    Obama '08!

    June 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  13. Caroline Vizcarra

    Barrack Obama Will Not have my vote without Hilary Clinton on the ticket. I am a 42 year old latino woman. No Clinton no Obama.

    June 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. Agent of Change from FL

    YES WE CAN!!

    OBAMA '08




    June 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  15. fixed for Obama

    More than 50% of the democrats say otherwise.
    No win.
    No mandate.
    Fixed outcome.

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

    ...just an empty suit...!!!

    Blah, Blah, Blah...

    Go McCain!!!!

    June 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Ed Olanrewaju - Virginia

    For the one that calls himself or herself Spirit of America on this blog- Please, get a life and get off that Jeremiah Wright issue. The Rev threw himself under the bus. He does not need help from anybody to do that.

    This is historic moment in the life of our country and we don't need that kind of talk on this day.

    June 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. KAB

    This is the most exciting thing that has happened in my 36 rs on this earth!
    Thank God young people are not like those of old.
    No offene to anyone, it is just refreshing that people are changing for the better.

    GO OBAMA!!!



    June 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Bri, VA for President Obama

    The right person has been crowned the victor. Hillary, if it's in you at all, be a decent human being and accept your defeat. Congratulate your opponent because he ran a better campaign than you, beacuse its foundation was inspiration, change and hope, whereas the foundation of your campaign was lies, deceit, and a complete lack of ethics.

    Congratulations Mr. President, we're all very proud of and rooting for you!

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

    JKF ?? Could you possibly mean JFK??
    This is what worries me the most about
    jumping on the winning 'Obama Train' –
    people vote like sheep – and don't educate
    themselves. This is too important to just
    'go with the flow'... it's media-driven- and scary
    Remember -he is a politician – who went to
    a church for 20 yrs – same pastor the whole
    time – and yet now- all of a sudden he doesn't
    agree with his pastor's views...???? How

    June 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Paul

    A true statesman, because he believes in us. He believes in everything that's good about our country and the people in it.

    June 4, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. southerner

    Obama doesn't have a humble bone in his body. His arrogance exudes from him like a cheap cologne.

    If Obama manages to get elected, be prepared for 4 years of disaster. Obama's "Change" is the same old socialsim, repackaged with flowery rhetoric.

    June 4, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  23. Generation X

    The greatest part of his speech last night was when he dedicated his nomination to his grandmother who gave him his strength, vision, and support. Thank you Barack Obama.

    June 4, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  24. DB

    Congratulations Senator Obama. In spite of what the naysayers and haters had to say, you persevered and you will win the Presidency because if God is for you he is more than the whole world against you!

    June 4, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. jet paul in memphis

    may God bless America for this historic moment and this shows the world that black,white,green,or yellow does not matter,with dedication and hard work,we all can triumph.

    congratulation president obama.

    June 4, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
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