DENVER – Barack Obama, a 47-year-old first-term senator from Illinois, became the first African-American ever nominated for president by a major political party after delegates to the Democratic National Convention chose him as their standard-bearer Wednesday.
The nomination process, a subject of debate and speculation right up until the voting began late in the afternoon, ended when Obamaâ€™s chief rival, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, asked her supporters to join in accepting Obamaâ€™s historic nomination by acclamation.
Illinois passed when its turn in the order came up so it could yield to New York. The hall erupted in cheers as Clinton approached the microphone.
And so it begins in earnest. No more game playing. No more sniping. Just Obama against McCain…hopefully. I guess that all depends if Bill Clinton goes to Obama’s speech on Thursday or not.