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. Uhoh

    Looks like a terrorist fist jab to me. Why wouldnt it be? Especially "on the night he formally captured the party's presidential nomination."

    July 2, 2008 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  2. Deanie

    Don't think this fist bump is presidential and Barack should stop it. But he should also reign in Michelle. I could tell Barack was not enthusiastic about that fist bump when Michelle lured him into it.

    I'm getting tired of Barack being led by people. He has to start stepping up to the plate and leading. He can start by ignoring McCain and not throwing Clark under the bus.

    July 2, 2008 07:13 am at 7:13 am |
  3. zack

    WHO CARES!

    That's like when the news made a big deal about 'waaaazzzup!'

    when all it is is What's up.

    Geez.

    Americans can be so uncool.

    July 2, 2008 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  4. Tee

    First of all, maybe Obama wouldn't see fit to ditch the harmless fist bumping if every little thing he did wasn't scrutinized. Next on CNN's political ticker, "Barack Obama sneezed" ?

    Second of all, this weekend we celebrate the birth of this nation yet we have people losing their homes, who can't find jobs, can't afford college, who don't have gas to go anywhere this holiday weekend and who are visiting food banks in record numbers YET, our Congress is going on a week long vacation and CNN wants us to know that Barack Obama refused a fist bump?

    When will we focus on the issues???

    July 2, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  5. Quick

    Obama knows how to do nothing but lie. When and IF he is elected, one year from then you Obama supporters will see when I am talking about. You want change you anit seen nothing. Did any of you live in the 60's? Well if you did, their about to come back and maybe worse.

    July 2, 2008 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  6. Jim Hall

    Go Obama go do your bumping fist we think it is great. At least there is a presidential candidate that looks ALIVE signed a republican voting for a democrat this year Jim Kansas City, Missouri.

    July 2, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  7. vinnie

    NON-ISSUE!!! drop it already...

    July 2, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  8. Obama scares me

    Yet another example of Obama failing to stick to his guns or have a position on ANYTHING. If he loves the fist-bump, then he should use it... especially with a kid! The fact that he's fearfull and nervous about something as stupid as a fist-bump should send a very loud and clear message to the country that he is NOT ready to lead our country.

    July 2, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  9. Peter Damoah_Afari

    All haters of Obama can go to hell or hung themselves..............LOL

    July 2, 2008 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  10. TheRut

    The Obama's were hardly the first to do this fist bump – I am sure many of you boomers (and more) remember the Wonder Twins of the 70's (?) cartoon bumping fists to activate their powers. Let's get over it!!

    July 2, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  11. Dee1

    Oh my God, the most difficult job in the world is running for the position of the USA president as a black man. Everything Obama does/does not do is over analysed and criticised. No matter what this guy does some people just hate his guts.

    He is a hero because he is not running from a level playing field. He has had to dig his way up from a deep pit and rising straight to the top and some people can't just stomach that.

    Martin Luther King dream't it, Obama believed it and YES WE CAN !!!

    July 2, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  12. Gabrielle, Lancaster SC

    This irritates me that he would let the media change him. I'm all for Obama, but I am really not happy with all of his "change" right now. Don't change who you are because you don't want the media to criticize you.

    July 2, 2008 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  13. No Obama Ohio

    Ohio does'nt support You!

    July 2, 2008 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  14. J. S.

    From the fist bump to hiring an impersonator of Bush–If they have all this air time and money to burn for radio and tv spots–why not focus on the real problems of the United States...flooding leaving many homeless, fires, droughts, high gas–give some of that money to the Red Cross or other agencies to help Americans. Get on with it..

    July 2, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  15. Andy

    It's "renege", not "renig", TJ. And I have to wonder if you knew that already.

    July 2, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  16. ian brown

    this 'fist bump' is clearly a gesture used by palestinians and terrorists the world over. obama is in secret collusion with the palestinians. so is the NFL. oh, and the NBA.

    July 2, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  17. Denise

    I see the racists are alive and well this morning. Get over it. Either support the candidate or go back to your caves.

    July 2, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  18. Anonymous

    It's the fact that he refused a little boy, Michelle asked to do the "fist bump" while on the veiw, now O supporters, let's pretend that it was Hillary that refused this..YOU WOULD BE ALL OVER IT, why do you all insist that no matter what he does that it is cute, ok, he's the man......

    I can't wait to do my "I told you so" dance come next year, if he ends up winning, come on, how many times has he flip-floped so-far, just wait to see what he does while in office....

    July 2, 2008 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  19. WashPost

    First bump or fist bump?

    July 2, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  20. twister49

    It's the fact that he refused a little boy, Michelle asked to do the "fist bump" while on the veiw, now O supporters, let's pretend that it was Hillary that refused this..YOU WOULD BE ALL OVER IT, why do you all insist that no matter what he does that it is cute, ok, he's the man......

    I can't wait to do my "I told you so" dance come next year, if he ends up winning, come on, how many times has he flip-floped so-far, just wait to see what he does while in office....

    July 2, 2008 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  21. MS Redhead

    I should have known my post would be deleted since it provided a link to an unfavorable report of Obama's "real estate development" experience and his "friends" in Illinois. If Obama is elected President and our country goes even further down the toilet, it will be YOU, the biased media who will be primarily responsible because your CEOs, news producers, reporters, etc. didn't do their jobs. Murrow must be rolling over in his grave.

    Hillary '12

    July 2, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  22. Jeremiah

    Can you REPORT NEWS. People are loosing their houses, they can not put GAS in their cars, they can not buy food for their families. And you are reporting on bumping fisks? Get a life!! Do what you are paid to do. REPORT NEWS; SIGNIFICANT NEWS.

    July 2, 2008 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  23. Sohpie

    Again, the first title that goes to the ticker says: Obama ditches famous fist bump. This title politely puts a question mark at the end.

    This is not news worthy, your just trying to make Obama look dumb in any way you can.

    He is going to win CNN.

    July 2, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  24. Ravi

    I hope for America's sake, Obama will select a viable Running Mate. My pick is Senator Clinton. That's one person who will certainly help Obama's chances secure for landing the presidency and more importantly help him establish a credible first term. He'll be able to do lots more fist bumps then...

    July 2, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  25. Ken Pittsburgh

    Why is this news why do all of these so called Hillary supporter still
    say because lost FAIR AND SQUARE primary race that they are all of a sudden McCain supporters they were McCain supporter all along.
    It is things like this that is why the brightest of citzens to not go into poltics

    July 2, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
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