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. Tim

    I love how the joke he was making is lost on people..

    July 1, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  2. JWheeler

    Churchill's V for Victory during WW2; thumbs up anytime (meaning good job), gimmie 5 in sports and other competitions, and so on - all good symbols and nothing to fear. The fist-bump is just another symbol meaning well done and is nothing like the raised fists of the black Olympians in the days of "black is beautiful." People should take a deep breath and move on to something more serious like global warming or the decline of America.

    July 1, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  3. Sam

    Kerry '04.

    July 1, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  4. BHO Not my Candidate

    Obama doesent fistbump with white kids, he will lose his street credentials.... (HEAVY SARCASM... but its funny..)

    July 1, 2008 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  5. Pat O'Neil

    Obama is right, if he continues fist bumping, the republican media like FOX News, will focus and expand on it this not serious issue, making him look "Un-Presidential," while at the same time, focusing on serious issues for John McCain.

    Obama is thinking ahead.

    July 1, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. Erlinda

    The bump is endearing. Don't lose it. There is nothing un-presidential in it. It has a touch of humanity. It's even sexy when he knuckle-bumps his wife. We need the levity.

    July 1, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  7. Rave

    Mr. Obama, could you please use that Fist on McCain's half operating weak brain...
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 1, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  8. nicole atkins

    Who Cares!!!!!!

    July 1, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  9. fixbone

    What is his problem?? Get the nomination and become an idiot??

    July 1, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  10. Ree

    Obama is right to change his approach. That is what makes him unique. He doesn't let anything define who he is.

    McCain can't come up with anything that is exciting. And believe me he is not presidential at all. He looks like a angry mean old man that hates everything.

    I think McCain and Cindy might want to borrow Barak handlers. Their images are quite outdated.

    July 1, 2008 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  11. Steve from Dallas

    Pathetic...

    First he runs as far to the left as he can to win the nomination...

    Now we are seeing him run as far to the right to try and fool people to win the November election...

    Im not fooled.

    July 1, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  12. Jesse from Kansas

    That this garnered so much publicity is absolutely amazing. The fist bump is nothing new ... people have been doing it for a long time. But the love-struck media had to make a big deal of Obama doing it. He's either a) really smart to stop doing it, because he knows the foolish press will lose sight of what's really important and start talking about his hand gestures again, or b) really dumb to give up the guaranteed publicity. I'm not quite sure which it is ...

    July 1, 2008 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  13. Jake

    People need to get over the fist bump. Its the norm with the younger generation. My exhusband and I and all of his family used that all the time. I am a blonde hair blue eyed born and bred American Christian. I hard think that would make me a terrorist. Older people need to get with the times. Fist bump is in and I"m glad we'll have a president human enough to use it. I'm just sorry he has to quell a natural gesture for him and the younger generation just to appease old people.

    July 1, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. obsydyan

    It is not his friggin "signature fist bump". He did it once for Christ's sake. The media must be on crack...

    July 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  15. Charles

    I agree, no need to dump the bump. Breaks through all that pretentious garbage that leads to imperial presidencies.......

    July 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  16. Ron in SC

    It'll take more than dropping the juvenile fist-bump to make Obama look more presidential. Of course, he tried copying the seal of the President of the United States and had to drop that too.

    Ever wonder why the rest of the world likes Obama so much? He's the final step in the trivialization of the United States. The rest of the world can't wait to see the only remaining superpower reduced to their level, and Obama is their dream come true. Let's be honest : do the leaders and citizens of foreign countries want a strong U.S. president, or some lightweight they can ignore and push around?

    July 1, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  17. Daniel

    it's a couple thing I guess...

    July 1, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  18. cyel

    Its called a "pound" and its been around for 17 years at the very least.

    I am sure he doesn't want to have to salutate everyone that way, its something special for just him and his wife.

    July 1, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. steve

    am i the only one who thinks michelle obama looks just like omarosa?

    except more spiteful and hate-filled towards others?

    for someone who wrote a thesis whining about how she thought she'd never fit into society, she seems to be doing pretty well, huh??
    woe is her.

    July 1, 2008 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. Alex in MA

    "Clinton,no, wait McCain Supporter"

    You are a moron!

    July 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  21. TJ

    Who cares?

    He will eventually renig on everything.

    Good thing he nixed his phoney presidential nominee seal....that was pitiful.

    Everyday a new position, a new image. Will the real Barack Obama please stand up?

    July 1, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  22. Angela

    WHY IS THIS NEWS?!

    July 1, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  23. to Gary

    Where do you think the staff got the idea?

    July 1, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  24. Bush Hater

    CNN, please report real news. It is that slow a news day ?

    July 1, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  25. Wolf

    What an arrogant cuss!!!! Tell this guy to get a life outside of DC and back in Illinois where he belongs. This kid thought he had 'made it' and the best Obama can do is disss the kid??? Just another politican and JUST WORDS!!! This is only the beginning America! If he is willing to diss a kid – just wait until he diss's all of us!!!!!!!!!!

    July 1, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
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