This puts Obama, 47, the son of a black Kenyan father and a white American mother, just one victory away from taking charge of a nation where, just decades ago, many black people were unable to vote. He walked unannounced onto the stage after running mate Joe Biden used a rowdy vice presidential acceptance speech to laud Obama and to tear into Republican rival John McCain, even as he called him a 'friend' whose 'personal courage and heroism ... still amaze me'.
Obama, delighting the crowd with his appearance, praising the one-time frontrunner for the Democratic nomination Hillary Clinton, and her husband former President Bill Clinton.
"With eyes firmly fixed on the future, and in the spirit of unity with the goal of victory, with faith in our party and our country, let's declare together with one voice right here, right now that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president," Hillary said asking the roll call to be cut short when time came for the New York delegation to vote.
The 4,400 delegates held hands together up high, danced and swayed back and forth to the song 'Love Train' in celebration of the moment as Pelosi announced a little later that Obama had accepted the nomination and would tell them so himself in his acceptance speech Thursday, Aug 28 night.
Later former President Bill Clinton too endorsed Obama's candidature saying he was 'ready to be president', after months of attacks from Hillary Clinton supporters on the Democratic nominee's lack of experience.
"Last night Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she is going to do everything in her power to elect Barack Obama," said Clinton. "That makes two of us-actually that makes 18 million of us," he said, referring to the number of Democratic primary voters who backed Hillary Clinton.
Hillary Clinton has strongly urged her backers to support Obama, but some appear to be backing Republican John McCain in growing numbers.
The long Democratic soap opera ended with unbashed praises from Bill and Hillary Clinton, who gave a pretty nasty fight to Obama for 18 months.