Historic first: Obama nominated by Democrats
In an emotional moment of unity, Obama’s one-time opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, strode onto the floor of the party’s national convention during a roll call of the states and formally asked Democratic delegates to suspend their count and approve his nomination by acclamation.
“With eyes firmly fixed on the future, in the spirit of unity, with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and our country, let’s declare together in one voice right here, right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president,” she said to roars of approval inside the packed convention hall.
“I move Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by the convention by acclamation as the nominee of the Democratic Party,” she said, a request quickly accepted by the convention’s presiding official, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
When Pelosi pounded a gavel to declare Obama the nominee, delegates held hands together up high, danced and swayed back and forth to the song “Love Train” in celebration of the moment. “Yes we can,” the crowd chanted. “Obama!”
Pelosi announced a short time later that Obama had accepted the nomination and would tell the convention that himself in his acceptance speech on Thursday night.
In honor of Clinton’s tenacity in her bruising primary battle with Obama and in an effort to encourage party unity, delegates had earlier granted the symbolic gesture of nominating Clinton herself for the candidacy.