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It’s done! US Democrats choose Barack Obama, 46, to run against Republican John McCain, 72

Posted by fcb on June 4, 2008

“Tonight, I can stand before you and say that I will be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States,” the 46 year old Obama told an elated crowd of supporters in St Paul, Minnesota, after crossing the magic figure of 2,118 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

In a “defining moment” in US history, Barack Obama yesterday, June 4, 2008, sealed the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first black American in the race for White House after a roller-coaster battle against Hillary Clinton who did not concede defeat but kept her options open on being his running mate.

“Tonight we mark the end of one historic journey with the beginning of another – a journey that will bring a new and better day to America,” Obama said, marking the end of the marathon race spreading over 17 months that pitted two historic candidates – a woman and an African-American man – against each other.

Honouring Hillary, Barack Obama said that “Senator Hillary Clinton has made history in this campaign not just because she’s a woman who has done what no woman has done before, but because she’s a leader who inspires millions of Americans with her strength, her courage, and her commitment to the causes that brought us here tonight.”

Barack Obama, 46, the junior senator from Illinois, will run against Republican candidate John McCain, 72, the senior United States Senator from Arizona.

You can read Senator Obama’s speech in the Global observatory: the USA Page on this blog. Click on the PICTURE above and listen to his speech. You can see our earlier editorial on Barack Obama Dedicated to those who are guilty of being young


6 Responses to “It’s done! US Democrats choose Barack Obama, 46, to run against Republican John McCain, 72”

  1. Joe Bonello said

    Yes, Obama the young senator made it! He is to run on a Democratic ticket for the White House. This nomination confirms the faith that this great Nation has in its youth, who are its future. Looking forward and not backward, is one great competitive advantage that any nation administered by a young person has. Nowadays, the learning curve has to be as fast as the changes that are going around us and in us. Let us celebrate, let us embrace and let us think about tomorrow. Together, MLP and its youth can make it happen!

    Joe Bonello

  2. The blog post “It’s done! US Democrats choose Barack Obama, 46, to run against Republican John McCain, 72” is featured on Maltamedia: The Maltese Blogosphere

    – Nominate blog post of the month –

    Sandro Vella

  3. Danny Attard said

    Will miss this blog post 5th so hope it has a future if u have the time and desire. If not thanks a million and have a great life!

    Danny Attard

    p.s. should Joseph or possibly Varist fail to make it to leader, it is my opinion that the Party will lack a significant progressive/liberal component, a fundamental component if the MLP is to take Malta forward to modern progressive times within the EU… in which case I suggest that this blog should cascade into a new phase as the voice of the progressive/liberal labour component…

    [Danny posted this comment in ABOUT US about half an hour ago. We are reproducing it here, for easier access. CARETAKER]

  4. marie abdilla said

    I agree with Danny. Joseph and Evarist are the liberal elements that Labour needs to move ahead. If they fail to make the Leadership we need to definitely keep blogs like these alive to promote progressive and liberal thought within the Party. Hopefully progressive liberalism will win the day at the election this evening.

    Marie Abdilla

  5. fabrizioellul said

    I’m just glad it is over. It will need a few weeks for Labour to be back on its feet. So until then, it will still be in labour …

    I think that the MLP election, if anything, managed to get people interested in the MLP. I am observing more blogs, comments, people are talking. The MLP needed something like this . There are a lot of problems within the MLP. I still see it as a patchy club rather than a left party. But I think it is giving people something to look forward.

    When 7% of the population does not vote, it means it has lost faith in politics that can change.

    Fabrizio Ellul

  6. Carmel Vella said

    Is Joseph the youngest leader of the opposition in Europe at the moment? This is surely a milestone and a harbinger of great things ahead! Change,renewal,consolidation,advancement,unity, winover! Together with Joseph, we shall overcome the sleazy legacy of Dr Lawrence Gonzi

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