Sen. Barack Obama scripted a new history on Tuesday by becoming the first American Indian to clinch the presidential nomination of a major political party of United States. Yes, Obama became the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee for the general election by comprehensively edging out Sen. Hillary Clinton.
Obama won the endorsements and felicitations from a number of the political big-wigs of the United States, for successfully concluding the Democratic Party's presidential nomination race. President Bush also took note of Obama’s commendable achievement.
In the morning's daily "gaggle" with reporters at the White House on Wednesday, Bush Press Secretary Dana Perino said that through her, the president was passing along his congratulations to Barack Obama for securing enough delegate commitments to lay claim to his party's nomination.
"Sen. Obama came a long way in becoming his party's nominee. And his historic achievement reflects the fact that our country has come a long way," Perino said of the success of the first African American to head a major party's presidential ticket.
Thru his surrogate, Bush also praised the contest's runner-up, the “not-quite-ready-to-concede,” Hillary Clinton. Perino said, the president congratulated her for waging a "spirited campaign."
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was the second to felicitate Obama on Wednesday. Rice said, Obama's emergence as the first black American to win a major party's presidential nomination was a landmark for equal rights after more than two centuries of struggle.
Rice, who has been mentioned as a potential running-mate for Republican John McCain, but has repeatedly said she’s not interested, is the top-ranking African American in the Bush administration and has often spoken about the struggles of fellow black citizens who were subjected to slavery or segregation for much of U.S. history.
"It's a country that has overcome many, many, now years, decades of, actually a couple of centuries, of trying to make good on its principles," Rice said. "And I think that what we're seeing is, an extraordinary expression of the fact that 'we the people,' is beginning to mean all of us," she added, referring to the opening line of the U.S. Constitution.