“With eyes firmly fixed on the future, in the spirit of unity, with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and our country let’s declare together in one voice, right here and right now, that Barack Obama is our candidate, and he will be our president.
“Madame secretary — madame secretary, I move that the convention suspend the procedural rules and suspend the further conduct of the roll call vote. All votes cast by the delegates will be counted, and that I move Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected by this convention by acclamation as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States.”
Illinois had yielded to New York. The delegation erputed as Hillary Clinton walked in, flanked by Chuck Schumer and David Paterson, to call for the suspension of the roll call and nominate Barack Obama.
The measure was seconded. The ayes had it. Barack Obama is the Democratic Party’s nominee.