Hillary Clinton has ended her political campaign and declared her full support for Barack Obama in this year's U.S. presidential election.
Speaking Saturday to thousands of fervent supporters in Washington, Clinton called for an all-out effort by the Democratic Party to elect Obama, who has clinched the party's presidential nomination on Tuesday, after the last two state primary elections.
A few boos were mixed in with the cheers when Clinton first mentioned Obama's name, but she called repeatedly for unanimous support for him. The 46-year-old Illinois senator will be the first African-American selected by a major political party as its candidate for the White House.
With her husband, former President Bill Clinton, standing nearby in the crowd, Senator Clinton said all party activists must strongly support Obama through the general election in November against presumptive Republican nominee Senator John McCain
In a statement, Obama said he is honored by Clinton's endorsement, and praised her for "shattering barriers" on behalf of his daughters and women everywhere.