Wilder Praises Obama And Criticizes Clinton
Richmond Mayor L. Douglas Wilder, the nation's first black governor released a statement this afternoon about the first black man to win the Democratic nomination for president.
"As I watched last night the certification of the nomination of Barack Obama, I was filled with many emotions,'' Wilder said. "I was proud and appreciative of how far we had come in this country. I think that he has run a magnificent campaign and has exhibited grace under fire, humility when necessary, and the courage to face the obstacles of campaigning for the most prestigious political position in the world."
"He is among the first to acknowledge the many persons, of decades past, who have made it possible for him to be afforded this significant and historic honor. And, he has done this without making any claims to be running to 'make history' but instead, to be the best possible candidate for the position."
Wilder previously endorsed Obama. On Wednesday, he criticized Obama's Democratic challenger, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"I would be less than honest if I did not observe that the many gracious and generous references made by him to Mrs. Clinton were in no wise reciprocated by her,'' he said. "That saddened me for this historic moment to not have its true significance acknowledged and appreciated, because it was not just Barack Obama's moment, but a signal moment for all of those individuals who had made it possible for this to take place in America."
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