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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  | Category:  Barack Obama
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Posted by: the potato master | August 27, 2008 8:55 PM

That was Clinton trying to steal the show one more time. That vote would have been over in just a few minutes if Cal had a chance to cast their over 400 votes and one or two more states. We know it was to save Hillary a little of the embarrassment of the 5 to 1 ration in favor of Obama but it should have been allowed to play out and end it with a public accounting. The results were delivered to the DNC earlier in the day and the floor vote was just a show but it should have been abed to finish as long as they started it so people knew the results. Thanks Hillary,as you turned it again into the Hillary show.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 8:43 PM

I am not so worried about a Obama-administration. But please tell me - he is not that young any longer - which evident and concrete contributions to American Welfare has he delivered?

Furthermore, a Uniter is just a word. My impression is that the split within the Democratic party is the result of unfair actions taken by the DNC. Thus unifying was a necessary measure. Barack Obama is chosen to be the Uniter. It could as well have been Hillary Clinton!

After Barack Obama was Nominated by the Democratic Convention in Denver catchwords like "Yes We Can" and "Barack Obama" suddenly sounds worn-out and boring. Please try to find some other slogans.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 8:17 PM

Now that was a VERY class act!

Posted by: Helena Montana | August 27, 2008 8:14 PM

I am not so worried about a Obama-administration. But please tell me - he is not that young any longer - which evident and concrete contributions to American Welfare has he delivered?

Furthermore, a Uniter is just a word. My impression is that the split within the Democratic party is the result of unfair actions taken by the DNC. After unifying it´s necessary. Barack Obama is chosen to be the Uniter. It could as well have been Hillary Clinton!

Now, after Barack Obama is Nominated by the Democratic Convention in Denver catchwords like "Yes We Can" and "Barack Obama" sounds worn-out and boring. Please try to find some other slogans.

Posted by: Elisabeth | August 27, 2008 8:13 PM

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