Video: Clinton Ends Roll Call
Updated 8:10 p.m.
By Ed O'Keefe
New York's Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is called "Shelly" back home. Tonight he was Hillary Clinton's right hand man.
Standing next to the New York senator as she formally ended the Democratic nomination battle, Silver said he became aware of the elaborate roll call plan this morning.
"This completes the process for all the world to see," Silver said.
Asked what he thought about standing next to Clinton during her historic gesture, Silver said, "I think it's great to stand next to her anytime."
Later, in the moments after Clinton left the floor and the party formally nominated Obama, it was as if a fog had lifted in the hall. More smiles, more hugs, more laughter. Delegates from Connecticut chatting up Democratic colleagues in the Minnesota seating area. Hawaiian delegates sporting leis posing for photos with New Mexico delegates seated in front of them.
As a another reporter put it, we've known Obama would win the nomination, but now that it's happened, it's almost too amazing to believe: the Democratic fight is over.
Posted at 7:55 PM ET on Aug 27, 2008
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