New York: Hillary Clinton, one time rival of Barack Obama, congratulated her fellow Democrat on his election as the President of the United States.
CNN quoted Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines as saying that the two spoke for a few minutes. Clinton congratulated Obama on his victory, and offered her condolences on the loss of his grandmother.
Obama thanked the New York senator for all she did to help him win the election, and said he looks forward to speaking with both her and former President Bill Clinton soon.
In a statement, Hillary Clinton pledged her full support to Obama. "In quiet, solitary acts of citizenship, American voters gave voice to their hopes and their values, voted for change, and refused to be invisible any longer."
Awesome night, says Bush
After Obama's victory, Bush telephoned the President-elect to congratulate him on his "awesome night."
"Mr president-elect, congratulations to you. What an awesome night for you, your family and your supporters. Laura and I called to congratulate you and your good bride," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino quoted Bush as telling Obama.With victories in battleground states like California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Obama built a commanding lead over McCain, who had sought to distance himself from the unpopular President Bush during the final stages of his campaign.
Obama came into the national prominence with his electrifying speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention when he made his first run for the Senate.
McCain pledges support
The Senator from Arizona and a Vietnam War veteran, called Obama over phone congratulating him on his victory and extended his support to him.
Bernice King, daughter of assassinated civil rights leader Martin Luther King, said her father would have been proud of what happened in the US today.