June 4th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
13 years ago

White House congratulates Obama on victory

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The White House has congratulated Sen. Barack Obama on clinching the Democratic nomination for president, spokeswoman Dana Perino said Wednesday.

His victory - which sets him up to become the first African-American to lead a major party ticket in the race for the White House - shows how far America has come, Perino said.

She said President Bush, a Republican, did not plan to call Obama to congratulate him personally.

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soundoff (223 Responses)
  1. PJ @ H-Town

    Obama doesn't need George's pat on the back. George may or may not be happy about this historical event. It doesn't matter. Perhaps George wants to save face with his political party. Whatever the case...that's his right...so lay off people.
    Hopefully Obama will be very careful and calculating while selecting a running mate. I hope that he's not pressured into selecting anyone. It seems that the pressure tactics sure hasn't stopped H.C., so they definetly shouldn't have any effect on Obama.
    Congradulations Obama! Take your time now and don't loose your integrity in the process.

    June 4, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Raymond Duke

    Call this historic if you want . In a way it is. But I would bet that most of you intellectually stimulated Obama supporters don't even know that it would have been more historic if a woman would have won. Do you even realize that black men got the right to vote before white women did and they started most of the sufferage movements and were the main players in eliminating child labor. So when you make all them sexist and disparging remarks about women maybe you should study a little history on what women have done for this country. So cry me a bucket of tears.

    June 4, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Ilona Proud Canadian

    Thank you Mr. President!!

    Now would someone please explain to Hillary that the contest for Nominee for the Democratic Party, is oooooooooooooooooover!

    And again to all of the people pushing Hillary for VP Why do you want Barack to shoot himself in the foot? Picking Hillary as VP means carrying alllllllllllll of her baggaaaaaaaaaaaaaage, are you folks thinking rationally? This would be the sure way, for Democrats to lose in November!

    Hillary has so much baggage, not the least of which are $30+Million in debt, and you know all about the forthcoming what/who in November.

    Please do not try to help Barack lose this Presidency, by putting Hillary and her baggage on the ticket. John McCain will be sitting in the shadows, just waiting to gobble Hillary up! Think rationally Please!

    June 4, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Michigan mom for Obama

    We need change. Back when NAFTA was put on the table Ross Perot was right...the beginning of the end. People are nestalgic for the "good times" that we had under the Clinton administration and they want it again. But what they forget is that he was apart of what happened to us under the globalization, under NAFTA. It would be a great mistake to have Hillary on the ticket. During Clinton's administration Hillary was and still is greatly disliked. Senator Obama doesn't need her for the women's vote or the blue collar vote. If Sen. Obama feels he needs a woman on the ticket I would love to see someone like Donna Brazile or Govoner Grandholm. I am for Obama regardless for whom he chooses..... I just hope it's not Billery

    June 4, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. savannah

    I am so proud of Senator Obama, for fighting a good fight.

    June 4, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Oh my God, can Americans be that stupid to put Obama in the White House?

    June 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. AMN

    If Bush called me, I wouldn't pick up anyway and waste my minutes on the sorry, down-home, backwoods old coot.

    June 4, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Tempered

    That's the funniest thing I've read this week!

    June 4, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. Tempered

    That's the funniest thing I've read this week! Is it January 20th yet??

    June 4, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  10. AJ

    As a loyal democrat for 30 years, I despise and hate Obama and will vote McCain in November!!! Obama and his wife are disgusting human beings!!!

    June 4, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Desmond Sequeira

    America will only have come as far as the Democratic Party has when it has elected OBAMA as President – the best thing for the USA and for the world

    June 4, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Nia

    instresting...one would thikn the president would atleast send a text message...figures...but what is realy intresting is how hillary has just stopped short of doing it her self, but yet she wants the Dem party to kiss her rump

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

    Half these comments sound like they were written by kids. What this country needs is not people bickering amongst one another name calling and acting like twitts.

    Who cares who congratulated who, seriously? Obama did make history we should appreciate that for what it is wether you like him or not. Hillary fought and is still fighting which she has the right to do.

    What I don't get though is how everyone thinks one man or woman is going to change this country??? I bet we could start changing by be being a little more proud of who we are and what we have accomplished. Show a lilttle gratitude and thanks towards one another and stop pointing the finger at everyone.

    People of the USA 08

    June 4, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. noemi of reason, latina for obama!

    Congratulatons, Mr. President!!!!!

    Obama 08

    June 4, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. magicpiano

    President Bush,
    Please call Senator Obama. It doesn't have to be a long call, even 10 seconds would suffice. If you can't spare that many seconds, consider multitasking.

    June 4, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |

    Pres. Obama is this administrations worse nightmare! Sweet dreams bush and cheney, et al.

    June 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. Frank Carter

    People who doubt Obama's will power are living in an abstract world. It is just ludicrous for one to presuppose that, considering the wonderful and powerful campaign that this brilliant guy is capable of running, he is unable to defeat the GOP in any race. I’ll like to call on the doubters to reflect on the many statements and the doubts that people had regarded Obama's ability to contest against the Clinton's political machinery from the onset of the Democratic primaries. Today, where are we? Come November, the doubters will once again be shocked!


    June 4, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. Richard

    What a SAD day for America! We need to get on our knees and pray'
    We might go from one Arrogant President to another maybe ARROGANT PRESIDENT. My Democrat vote will shift to McCain!!!!

    McCain 2008!

    June 4, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Jodie, Idaho

    Bush must of had to swallow a lot of pride to release that statement.

    June 4, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. JC

    White house will congratulate now and smear later.

    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Heidi


    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Army Strong

    Obama 08

    June 4, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Kris In Atlanta

    ...And Bush didn't even have the decency to congratulate him on a monumental and historic achievement as an American man of color. What a pathetic man Bush is. But the writing is on the wall. In Barack Obama, Americans see a man who is the exact opposite of Bush: A man of integrity, honesty, and a man who wants all the voices of America to be heard and represented. In 2008, Americans will go to the polls and we will say to the world and to George Bush: We remember Florida in 2000. We remember Ohio in 2004. We remember the 4,000 plus beautiful Americans who have died in Iraq. We remember Hurricane Katrina and Americans dying on the streets of New Orleans and the Bayou States. We remember Valerie Plame. And we remember that this country is a democracy-not a Republican funhouse. We will vote for America and we will vote for Barack Obama!

    Obama '08

    June 4, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
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