Barack Obama Makes History, Clinches The Democratic Nomination

Aug. 29, 2008

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM)-  250,000 black and white marchers followed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to the foot of the Lincoln Memorial. There standing on the steps on August 28,1963, King shared his vision for a new America.

And Thursday night, exactly 45 years later, presidential hopeful, Barack Obama did the same thing as he rewrote history by clinching the Democratic nomination.

"It's just a wonderful historic occasion," says Alice Pate.

Like King, Obama faces the daunting task of laying out a vision for the country.

In his speech he promoted change, covering what he calls the "Failed presidency of George W. Bush," The Iraq War, the economy and energy alternatives.

Obama vowed to end the war in Iraq and break American dependence on Mideast oil within a decade.

"I believe he's going to help us be that change for the economy, the war, children health and social security," says Esther Robbins.

And as Obama made his speech to 75,000 people at Invesco Field.

People at the Democratic headquarters say it took them back 45 years ago.

"It's time. It's time to get another King," adds Robbins.

"It's 2008 and it's a good idea to reinstate that dream. So certainly we're about hope and change and Obama is going to be the next president of the United States and we're going to be here so we all have the dream now," says Pate.