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Obama claims nomination on historic day

Barack Obama: 'I Accept Your Nomination for the Presidency of the United States'
August 28, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
An historic moment at Mile High Stadium as Barack Obama accepts his party's nomination, unleashes a blistering attack on John McCain and the Bush administration, and sets out on the final lap of a bid to become the nation's first African-American president. Even his rival calls it a "job well done."On the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Barack Obama sees his dream of becoming the Democratic nominee come true.

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It was an impressive sight on the field where the Denver Broncos play. Eighty-four-thousand people walked, cabbed and shuttled to the stadium. They saw vintage Barack Obama. It's been 48 years since something like this happened, and that was at L.A.'s Memorial Coliseum with John F. Kennedy. Thursday night dwarfs anything that came before it.

As Obama accepted his party's nomination, Michelle Obama showed her emotions, and the crowd of 84,000 that waited for hours got the Barack Obama it wanted.

There was no time wasted as Obama went after John McCain, who he says voted with the Bush administration 90 percent of the time.

Obama introduced himself to millions of Americans who have never seen the complete package. He outlined his proposals that included health care for everyone, and economic turnaround, and defense. And Obama went after McCain on an issue that the polls show Obama is vulnerable.

"If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament and judgment to serve as the next commander-in-chief, that's a debate I'm ready to have," Obama told the crowd. Obama also returned to themes familiar to his supporters.

The speech was followed by all the families on stage and a fireworks display that circled the stadium.

Friday, Barack Obama and Joe Biden start a tour targeting the battleground states.

Monday, the Republicans are scheduled to meet in St. Paul, Minn., unless Hurricane Gustav delays some of the arrivals like President Bush and John McCain. And unless he's got a lot of things going on, John McCain has a very tough act to follow after Thursday night in Denver.

 

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