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. Hussein

    CNN . .why is this news???

    July 1, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  2. Lee

    How about a story on something meaningful rather than this nonsense.

    July 1, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  3. timothy

    This is crap..not news...anything else to report??? Very weak CNN.

    July 1, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  4. Belle

    It is almost ludicrous that Senator Obama would send out Wesley Clark to defend his comments about Senator McCain.

    It is just another smoke and mirror tactic by Senator Obama. He looks at his personal accomplishment resume, which is a single page compared to Senator McCain's "book" and decides to send Clark out to say McCain is running for "fighter pilot."

    Senator Obama, stop these stupid tactics that worked in the Primary. You are in a General Election for President of the United States of America. Debate McCain, go to town hall meetings with him...then let "We" the People decide.

    CNN, please stop the gossip column and vet the candidates.

    July 1, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  5. clara

    theirs about half of bracken county isn't voting this yr. thats sad but they don't trust oboma and me i'm voting mccain oboma doesn't have enough experence to run are country mccain does he know's how to fight a good battle if he has to with the house and rep. and senators remember he is a pow so he know's how to handle himself so mccain in 08 go go mccain go go i'm behind you and i hope my friends and family change their minds befor nov. and vote mccain all the way

    July 1, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  6. White Male frm PA

    dont be a sell out now obama

    July 1, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. Fading Obama Fan

    He had to drop the preacher, had to dis Wes Clark who said nothing inaccurate, and now he's got to drop one more bit of what makes him charming. Obama, we're losing the real you buddy. Don't lose what made us love you in the first place.

    July 1, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. No Socialist, NY

    Good Grief! I suppose this type of thing qualifies him for president.
    VOTE FOR EXPERIENCE AND WISDOM; VOTE McCAIN!!!!

    July 1, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  9. nannie bouroughs, Kenosha, WI

    That's EXACTLY what I'm looking for from a president of the United States of America... gang bangers in my neighborhood do this all the time!

    July 1, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  10. George from Westerville

    I feel bad for the guy, there are so many racists and low life swift boaters out there he has to be so careful about every little thing he does. Both candidates are decent people, both have strong points, and both have flaws, but let's focus on the issues. I personally feel that Obama is the best choice we have BETWEEN THE TWO CANDIDATES THAT WE HAVE, I fear that we will continue to spiral downwards under McCain's watch. Obama is not a muslim terrorist, and to the other extreme he is not the messiah ... he's a pretty intelligent and reasonable politician that again ... is the best choice we have. Reject him for his policies if you really want McCain, not because he is black, stupid lies that he is muslim and an activist, what he former minister said, something he or his wife mispoke about, and other ridiculous propaganda.

    July 1, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  11. Kevin

    I'd like to see a presidential candidate with enough self confidence that modifying his behavior due to Fox News hit piece journalism would be repugnant to himself.

    July 1, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. Victor in Saanich, B.C. Canada

    True, why give the pundit sewage more gruel to chew on!!

    July 1, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  13. right source

    What is the freaking big deal here with the fist bump. We got more pressing issues at hand here and CNN is talking about fist bump. OMG!!!!!!!!
    Talk to me about rising gas and food prices, jobs that are being outsourced... and you have the gall to post a POLITICAL TICKER ABOUT A FREAKING FIST BUMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I'm absolutely lost for words here..........................

    Go Obama...The wind is against your back and the enemy stands before you, but we will still press on and in the end we will raise. Then maybe CNN will post something credible.

    July 1, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  14. Bayousara

    Geez, the world is about to crash with multiple wars, global climate crisis, economic despair, and on and on.

    And this is what the news coverage is about.

    July 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  15. Shannon

    why does the press make such a big deal out of the dumbest things. Seriously, who cares!

    July 1, 2008 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Are y serious with this story CNN? Please tell me aston kutcher wrote this article, becuz this is a joke

    July 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  17. Susan

    That should be 'his family thing'.

    July 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  18. Chris

    "Clinton, no wait, McCain Supporter" I am curious why you and so many other Clinton supporters will vote for a candidate who is so different than her. I really cannot understand the reasoning. You support a candidate who is so different than McCain and then when she does not have the nomination you don't support the candidate who is the closest to her. Also when you say things like "making BO appear presidential" that can easily be taken as his natural appearance is not presidential...hmm, I think I realize now why you'd rather see McCain.

    July 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  19. Craig The Genius

    It's obvious that Obama meant if he pounds one hand, or shakes one hand, he will have to shake hands for hours so there is no reason to start it up if he is in a hurry.

    OBVIOUSLY!

    July 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  20. Greg

    must have been a slow news day....to report this "fist bump thingy"

    July 1, 2008 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  21. Mauri

    Is there nothing sacred? This belonged to THEM! I say keep it in the act.

    July 1, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  22. BRIAN

    TO THE REPUBLICAN THAT FALSELY CLAIMS TO BE A CLINTON SUPPORTER PRESIDENT OBAMA SURE KNEW ENOUGH TO BEAT THE CLINTONS. AND AFTER THAT IM SURE MCCAIN DOESNT STAND A CHANCE. CHECK THE SWING STATE POLLS. AND STOP LYING ABOUT BEING A HILLARY SUPPORTER.

    July 1, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  23. Monika, Disgruntled Voter

    Really? Obama bumps a fist and it's equivalent to the shot heard round the round allusion (Revolutionary War). What is wrong with you people? Blindly following. And oh, he counts on it for sure. *sigh*

    July 1, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  24. Mama4Obama

    It's all good. He's been doing the fist bump forever. He's tired now. It's the media that's so fascinated by it. It's been around forever.
    Obama 08' &12'. ***fist bump***....

    July 1, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  25. Raymond Duke

    I guess he thought that might hurt him with the white vote and it would. But I think people would have overlooked that a lot more than when him and his wife performed the fist bump. I guess when you are trying to act like a white and get the vote you had better forget the fist bump. I am sure the other leaders of the other developed countrys really liked that gesture. I was trying to figure out a word to describe it and guess "Ghettiosh" is the best I can do.

    July 1, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
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