Bush congratulates Obama

The incumbent president didn't personally call the presumptive Democratic nominee, however.

Published June 4, 2008 3:33PM (EDT)

What's that old line? It ain't over until the lame-duck president has his press secretary offer congratulations?

It's something like that, anyway. And now President Bush has congratulated Barack Obama on becoming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. "President Bush congratulates Sen. Obama for clinching the Democratic Party's 2008 nomination for president," White House press secretary Dana Perino told reporters on Wednesday. "He knows from personal experience that the presidential nominating process is a grueling one and Sen. Obama came a long way in becoming his party's nominee."

Bush did not personally call Obama, however -- it's not as if he won the Super Bowl or something important like that.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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