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It’s official: Obama and Biden

from Radio Netherlands Worldwide

by  Reinout van Wagtendonk

Barack Obama is officially the Democratic Party’s candidate for the US presidency. On the third day of the Democratic convention in Denver his defeated rival, Hillary Clinton, submitted a motion to elect Obama the winner by acclamation, and in his speech her husband Bill Clinton expressed his unconditional support for Obama. Later in the day, Joe Biden was officially elected as Barack Obama’s running mate for the vice-presidency.

Bill Clinton salutes the crowdA roll call like this, coming forward state by state to vote for the presidential candidate, is largely just a tradition. The result is known in advance. This time too Barack Obama had for months been the unofficial Democratic candidate. But the long and bitter battle with Hillary Clinton for that nomination had left wounds. That’s why the tradition had to take a dramatic turn. Orchestrated drama, of course, since it had been negotiated in advance and arranged precisely so it could be shown live in the half-hour around mealtime when the big three TV networks have their evening news.

Acclamation
Hillary Clinton interrupted the voting ritual with a motion calling for Obama to be elected by acclamation as a united party’s candidate to face the final battle against John McCain:

“I move Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected of this Convention by acclamation as the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States.”

With a rapid blow of her gavel, convention chairwoman Nancy Pelosi ensured that whatever opposition remained would not be heard. The convention now belonged to Barack Obama. Most of Hillary’s supporters resigned themselves to the situation.

Ovation for Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton showed no trace of disappointment or resentment whatever. The former president’s speech was received by the Democrats with a lengthy ovation. Until recently Clinton seemed inclined to undermine Obama’s campaign. But on Wednesday evening he said he was convinced that Obama has what it takes to be the leader of the United States:

“My fellow democrats, I say to you, Barack Obama is ready to lead America and to restore American leadership in the world.”Clinton referred to his own presidential campaign in 1992, when the Republicans tried to write him off as an inexperienced lightweight, just as they are doing with Obama today. Clinton didn’t do too badly, as he modestly pointed out. So that should work again in 2008. The speech was the perfect launching pad for vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden and for Barack Obama’s acceptance speech which will round off the convention on Thursday evening.

Obama appears briefly
Obama appeared briefly in the convention hall on Wednesday night, following Joe Biden’s speech. He explained that he would be holding his speech in a huge stadium, before an audience of 80.000 people, because they are the people who will help him to bring about change in America:

“Change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things, and so we want to open up this Convention to make sure that everybody who wants to come can join in the party and join in the effort to take America back.”

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Hillary Clinton’s Statement on Obama’s Biden Pick

from Time

“In naming my colleague and friend Joe Biden to be the vice presidential nominee, Barack Obama has continued in the best traditions for the vice presidency by selecting an exceptionally strong, experienced leader and devoted public servant. Senator Biden will be a purposeful and dynamic vice president who will help Senator Obama both win the presidency and govern this great country.” – Hillary Clinton

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Congratulations President Obama and VP Biden!

Let me be the first to congratulate President elect Barack Obama and Vice President elect Senator Joseph Biden. Since it is January 4th 2008 tonight, some of you might be a bit sceptical. But just remember, you heard it here first. But with Obama’s solid finish in Iowa, and his outstanding victory speech, that has set him up to only pick up steam in New Hampshire. I will narrowly win New Hampshire, and with the question of electibility quickly fading, he will get the democratic nomination, as Hillary fades away from inevitability to missed opportunity. She has become representative of the old guard of Washington, in spite of being a woman, and Obama has become the candidate of change and hope. Few would have anticipated this some months back, when nearly everyone agreed “Obama is Presidential material. Just not YET.”

As for the republicans, well, Giuliani is out, and Mitt is going to fade fast. Fred Thompson was strongest before he announced he was running. That leaves Huc and McCain to fight it out. Huc will be seen as too extreme in some ways and too liberal in others. McCain will as well, and like it or not his age will be an issue. But Huc won’t stand up to the scrutiny, leaving McCain to get the nomination with Huc as VP for some fresh juice, and leaving 20 other republican leaders wishing they had run.

So McCain and Obama will be an interesting match up, but McCain (with Romney as VP) just won’t be able to compete with the swelling of grass roots support and impassioned backing of Obama. He’ll be the President, with VP Gore backing him up for experience. Oh, wait, Gore’s been there done that. And Hillary wouldn’t stoop to such a low office. Bill Clinton? Um, no that’s not really common practice, the big P to VP. Joe Biden is the voice of experience and is the democrats’ answer to McCain. Bill Richardson? Just not quite popular enough, or in spite of all his experience, not quite perceived as seasoned enough. Edwards? He already ran as VP once. Strange for him to do it again. Obama and Wesley Clark? Hmm. Tempting, but not enough deep political experience on the ticket. It’s gotta be Biden.

So, on January 4th 2008, I’d like to be the first to congratulate Obama and Biden for their victory and for becoming the next President and Vice President of the United States.

Page topic: Predicting Barack Obama will win the nonimation, will choose Senator Joseph Biden as vp, and they will win the election. Congratulations President Obama!

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