For all who were hoping for a floor fight today… Those hopes were dashed by a classy show of unity as Hillary Clinton called on the DNC to end the roll call vote and nominate Barack Obama by acclamation (emphasis mine):
Although there was some suspense over how the nomination process would play out, in the end, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton released her delegates before the roll call to vote for Mr. Obama and announced that she was voting for Mr. Obama and his running mate, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware. At 4:48 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time, at the urging of Mrs. Clinton, the New York delegation cast its votes for Mr. Obama, and Mrs. Clinton called on the Democratic National Convention to end the roll call and nominate him 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 country, let’s declare together in one voice, right here and right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president,” Mrs. Clinton said.
“I move that Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by this convention by acclamation as the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.”
The crowd in the Pepsi Center roared as one and then began to chant, “Hillary, Hillary, Hillary.”
The NY Times reports that Barack Obama was “formally nominated by Michael Wilson of Florida, a Republican and Air Force medic and veteran of Iraq.”
“I’ve seen war up close – not as a political slogan or some think-tank theory,” Mr. Wilson said. “I support Barack Obama because America needs a president who has the strength, wisdom and courage to talk to our enemies and consult with our allies. A president who has the judgment to use war as a last resort, not a first resort. A president who can adapt to new situations as things change, instead of being stuck in the past.”
As a symbolic gesture of respect to Mrs. Clinton for her strong showing in the primaries and her historic role as a woman candidate, her name was put in nomination by three of the 1,640 delegates who came to the convention pledged to support her: Dolores Huerta of California, Jordan Apollo Pazell of Utah and Denise Willams Harris of New York. Ms. Huerta is co-founder of the United Farm Workers Union.
Personally, I never expected anything less from Hillary Clinton today. I knew in my gut and my heart that she would do what ever it takes to make sure Barack Obama became our nominee. Obama’s nomination by acclamation was a great moment for Democrats and great moment for the future of America.
Let’s get to work!