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. Paul Harrison

    I've been fist bumping since I was in 6th grade (1996). How is this news?

    July 1, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. Gayle

    Dear Lord,
    are we seriously picking our presidents on who fist bumps?
    This country is in trouble!

    July 1, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Kate, Atlanta

    It was a sweet moment between Barack and Michelle. If he is expected to now do it with everyone, it loses the "specialness" that it had that special night.

    July 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Nathan

    What is so unpresidential about a fist bump? Is it too "cultural" for Americans to accept? I make a point to fist bump at least one person a day. I love the Bump! He needs to do it more.

    July 1, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. Sherry

    It's too bad that Obama has to watch every little gesture he does because it might come off looking too ( black). McCain does things that bother me like saying (my friends) every time he starts a sentence

    July 1, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  6. Caroline, Iowa

    I think the fist bump really became popular because Howie Mandel greets players on 'Deal or No Deal' that way.

    July 1, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  7. kevin

    It is a shame to see both of the mainstream, carbon copy candidates do this. It is just Obama's turn to show that he is NOT a man of the people, but the people are too stupid to realize it.

    July 1, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Clark

    This is actually considered "news"? No wonder the country is in the shape it is in. This will be another election, like those past, when the issues are not discussed, and ridiculous gossip and trash will overwhelm the media. The "terrorist secret fist bump", as Fox News called it! Good grief.

    July 1, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. MyEyesHurt

    Slow news day?

    Sorry, but Michele is just down right fugly.

    July 1, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. Carolyn of Georgia

    Where has everybody been? That's been the new high-five around here for months!

    July 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. MJM

    How rude can you get? This poor kid.

    July 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Joseph

    People need to seriously get a handle on what is really serious in this election . . .

    big clue, it isn't a friendly jab or bump or hand-grab between two people.

    Seriously, talk about insulting. Is this what the US is known for these days . . . this is the rallying point of conern?

    July 1, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. Former GOP

    I find it hard to trust, read, or even listen to anything that comes out of the mouth of a bitter Hillary has been fan.
    I’m a Former Republican because I don’t like that fact that the GOP has run our country into the ground and that they took us to war based on a LIE. But people like you are the worst kind of follower. You are like spoiled kids who can’t see the big picture all you care about is the fact that you did not get your way, and you will try to sabotage everything just because you are mad. You don’t care about Hillary at all you did not stand with her at all; you did not support her AT ALL. Because she is supporting her party. So if you now support McCain cool, but know this, it is not always about you, it is a bout the good of the whole. And you are a 2faced back stabber….

    July 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  14. MattH

    What really gets me is how this even became an issue in the first place.

    July 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Andrea

    Yeah, what a wimp... I do that to my coworker when I'm gonna leave for the day...

    July 1, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. JC

    As I said earlier about the Wes Clark comments, I'm still an Obama supporter, but boy are his "people" trying to extract all genuine facets of his personality–all in a not so veiled effort to make him more appealing to mainstream America. First, he's wearing the flag pin more, then he hurriedly denounces the General's remarks, and now he's abandoned the fist bump. If he starts haning out with Chuck Norris, we're all in trouble...

    Barack, we know you're a Christian and an American. You excite people because you're a fresh breath of air on the political scene. Stop trying to be Hillary or McCain.

    July 1, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  17. Jeff Long

    Sorry Obama supporters. Listen to your master!! The fist bump is played out amongst the Black population.

    July 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  18. Ras

    Stop trippin, thats been a symbolic gesture in the black community since time.

    July 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  19. Dave "the tree"

    McCain will try to spin this and say "he was for the fist bump and now he is against it". Of course Hillary would've tried to say that she first did the fist bump while shooting a rifle with her grandfather behind the shed he built in PA and then later did it with Chelsea when they ran from sniper fire.......man am I glad she is OUT!!

    July 1, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  20. Mike

    Wow... the Clinton turned McCain supporters are just vicious...

    July 1, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  21. RLEE

    Is this really news? Is there really nothing else worthwhile to report?

    July 1, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. SHECKY

    It's a Black militant thing and it is not presidential at all.

    But B. Hussein didn't get that until now.
    He's a little slow.

    July 1, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. wrong guy

    please find something good to report

    July 1, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Lawrence

    Give me a break, the economy is in the toilet, the country is trillions of dollars in debt, borders are being over-run, jobs are leaving our shores, over 4 thousand lives lost, not to mention casualties...but wait, the nation is worried about how a husband and wife show reserved affection in public.

    Worry about trying to stop and repair the damage the Bush Administration has done instead of this pointless tit for tat garbage.

    Also, explain to me how The "President" is not going to pay any type of consequences for his actions. Why is he going to get a pension instead of impeachment hearing?

    A fist bump between a couple is the least of the nations issues.

    July 1, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Anna

    Oh, no...please Barack...don't start running scared on us now. Anyone with half a brain knows the fist bump thing is completely innocent. Your image of being "down to earth" will begin to crumble if you stop acting like yourself. Don't fall into the trap of being a "regular" politician....you're better than that!!! The more you become a traditional (a.k.a.: boring, reserved, afraid to stand up for your true beliefs) politician, the less you distinguish yourself from John McCain.

    July 1, 2008 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
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