An historic moment

By Henrietta J. Burroughs
East Palo Alto Today
Posted: Friday, June 6, 2008


It was an historic moment. It was a moment even Sen. Barack Obama, himself, acknowledged as special. For the first time in this country’s history, an African American will be the key candidate for the office of the US Presidency.

With the delegates obtained through the Montana and South Dakota primaries, Sen. Barack Obama received enough delegates to secure the Democratic nomination. He now has more than the 2,118 delegates that were required. His victory effectively ends Sen Hillary Clinton’s official bid to be the nation's first female president."



Obama told his cheering fans in St. Paul Minnesota at the end of the primary election there, “Generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.”

When the Democratic Primary started 16 months ago, Obama was 30 points behind. Because of his brilliant come from behind feat, America will have an election campaign this fall unlike any it has experienced before.