Barack Obama has named his running-mate for the US presidential election in November. The man who will stand for Vice-President is the veteran senator Joseph Biden.
Obama had been keeping his selection close to his chest, in the hope that a little secrecy would deliver the maximum political impact during a grand unveiling at Springfield in Illinois later.
But the news leaked out overnight, and the Obama campaign confirmed the dream-team to Democratic supporters with millions of text-messages and emails, and an announcement on the official campaign website.
The young pretender to the White House has undoubtedly got one eye firmly on the need for experience in his camp, facing as he does a much older and more established opponent in the Republican candidate John McCain.
The Democratic convention opens in Denver on Monday, and on Thursday Obama will be the first black American formally to accept the party’s nomination as presidential candidate.