July 2nd, 2008
07:19 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama over fist bumping?

Barack Obama and wife Michelle famously fist bumped when the Illinois senator captured the Democratic nomination.
Barack Obama and wife Michelle famously fist bumped when the Illinois senator captured the Democratic nomination.

(CNN) - Is Obama ditching his signature fist bump?

According to Tuesday's press pool report, the Illinois senator refused to bump fists with a boy as he was touring the Eastside Community Ministry in Zanesville, Ohio.

As the boy outstretched his first, Obama said no and added, "If I start that ..."

His voice then trailed off.

The presumptive Democratic presidential candidate popularized the move last month when he and his wife Michelle bumped fists on the night he formally captured the party's presidential nomination.

Watch: The famous fist bump

Video of the duo fist bumping became widely popular on the internet, leading the Washington Post to declare it “the first bump heard ‘round the world.'”


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (1,001 Responses)
  1. Denise Groves

    This is a non-issue. is it a slow news day?

    July 1, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. puff

    Again, an arrogant snob.,,, dissing a little boy. Yeah that will get you votes Nobama.
    PUMA

    July 1, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Paul

    Slow "news" day.

    July 1, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Rick

    Is there something that Barack Obama doesn't flip flop and back off of? The man is a puppet for the media.

    July 1, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  5. kz

    and?

    July 1, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  6. aware

    The "pound" doesn't fit the new image! This gets more hilarious by the minute! :)

    July 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. mijnos

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    July 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  8. peakarach,des moines,IA

    HUSSEIN OBOMBMA IS A JOKE!

    July 1, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  9. Mike

    What a shame that the anti Obama idiots have to take something so innocent that young folks do, like the fist bump. And try to make it a controversial issue. Want controversy? How about a ruined economy. How about a foolish war with no end? How about five dollar a gallon gas?

    July 1, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  10. CB2

    Good! Let's just stick to the issues at hand people!!!

    July 1, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  11. Elsa

    Why in this country when a Black man succed they want him to start acting like a White man. That is so stange about that " bump"? Sometimes people don' t have anything to talk about. I guess it is more appropriate in the White America to do "two thumbs up"

    July 1, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  12. Stacy

    This is news? Really? Crazy? I've never heard of such a thing? He did what? Really? Oh my!

    July 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  13. Michelle from Colorado

    Not really any news.
    Up there with, Obama yawned.
    Obama coughed.
    Obama burped and
    Obama smiled.
    What is he, a newborn? Just about.

    July 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  14. Ben

    My girlfriend cited the fist bump as a reason not to trust Obama.

    I need a new girlfriend.

    July 1, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  15. k knowles

    R U SERIOUS??? c'mon CNN, gimme a break-how 'bout you TARS start reporting on some real news. Geez

    July 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  16. Axlerod = Rove

    And another one gets thrown under the bus.

    July 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. richard

    dang- I thought it was a first bump in the polls. Fist bump? All this tell me I have been reading too much political stuff and should be enjoying summer instead..

    July 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  18. Ann, California

    When did you turn into a tabloid? These are truly pathetic stories, CNN. First it's the shirt off some woman's back and now this. I can't count the number of ridiculous, frivolous acts you've reported on regarding Obama. Thank God this man is not as superficial and juvenile as your reporters are. Sure, we love Obama but we are interested in the real, substantial and significant stories, not this fluff. Get back to reporting the news!

    July 1, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  19. You're Kidding

    How the hell is this news?

    July 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  20. Jen99

    ...because it's unprofessional. This isn't the hood.

    July 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  21. Geoff from Canada

    Oh my gad... .please! stop with this crap...this and particularly the flag pin crap meaning your patriotic. You seriously..... seriously have to face the responsibility that your useless information is taken for real. Cover the civilian deaths in Iraq... 600K plus...... your torturing of prisoners and the worlds perspective on that...... things with substance to better the public. You really must feel like entertainment television with no guilt. I mean really... what is Lou Dobbs going to wear a fist on his suit now?

    July 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  22. DAN

    People have been doing this for years not to give each other the flu.But to say no to a kid is just selfish, Obama only cares about himself and no one else and especially not to a kid who wanted to be cool. Even Bush is nicer than that. How low can you go. This blog is all Obama does cnn mean the Cult News Network, Is there any other political news about anything or anyone else.

    July 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  23. Lisa

    That's Rude!!!

    July 1, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  24. Democrat in LA

    Fist bumper and proud. Full stop.

    July 1, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  25. Greg

    I don't think Obama popularized the fist bump. He killed it. When people saw him do it, they realized how lame it was.

    July 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
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