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Obama makes surprise visit one night early

August 27, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Barack Obama steps into history and pulls a convention surprise on the night he's nominated for president. He showed up to congratulate running mate Joe Biden. Former president Bill Clinton urged Democrats to help Obama take back America.Twenty-four hours before accepting his party's nomination, Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to the Democratic Convention, capping an emotional night.

Barack Obama was not scheduled to be in Denver until Thursday night. But he made a surprise cameo appearance after Joe Biden spoke. There wasn't an empty seat in the house. The crowd was not disappointed.

It was the climax of the evening as the new vice-presidential nominee, Joe Biden, finished his acceptance speech as Barack Obama surprised the crowd. It was a big evening.

Former president Bill Clinton brought everyone to their feet. During Hillary Clinton's campaign, he was accused of saying and doing things that hurt her. And more recently being somewhat non-committal toward Barack Obama. But not Wednesday night.

"Ready in every way," according to the former president, to lead, to be the commander-in-chief.

Earlier, Hillary Clinton sealed the nomination for Obama by moving that the delegates unanimously nominate him. They did.

Senator Joe Biden told the crowd about his past, the loss of his wife and child in an auto accident, the support of his mother, and he gave the Democrats political red meat to feed the campaign.

Thursday night, Obama will be at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium. He's expected to address a crowd that could go up to 80,000 people. It will be quite a night.


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