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. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    Mccain Cant Give A Fist Bump Because He Would Fracture His Wrist! And Your Questionable War Record Does Not Qualify You To Be President!

    July 1, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  2. Eugene from NYC

    i kinda like the bump its cool in a different kind of way its fresh it should stay

    July 1, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. Matt

    He didn't make it popular, people have been doing it for decades. The only reason he isn't doing it now is because the news media is so ridiculous that they make a story out of nothing.

    July 1, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. TC

    As trivial as it may seem this action disturbs me.
    Is he his own man, influenced by his generation as much as everything else he has experienced?
    Or is he just another politician doing whatever it takes by morphing his actions, his positions, image and words to get into the oval office?

    July 1, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Roger

    Hussein is just changing from his normal self to something that he isn't to get votes. What a phony

    July 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Good grief, CNN! How about the issues?

    What does Barack plan to do (besides give speeches written by a pool of 20 writers) and HOW specifically does he plan to accomplish his goals?

    July 1, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  7. Loretta from California

    I have watched the children in my neighborhood fist bumping for about the last two years or so........white, black, Hispanic and Asian.

    How sad.........this man has been criticized like no other, and for what?

    Pitiful!!!!

    DEMOCRATS UNITE!!!!

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

    Obama looks more and more ridiculous each day.

    July 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  9. Jayson

    Obama has an excuse for every occasion. Too bad the fist bump with the kid would make more sense then the fist bump with the wife.

    July 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. rachel

    I am not a big fan of obama, but he wasnt the first person to do a fist bump.

    July 1, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Nate

    Obama, I do not know who your new handlers are, but you need to relax, if you like the fist bump then fist bump. You do not have to get rid of every single part of you for Americans to understand who you are and what you stand for. Be yourself, be honest and stand up for what you believe in and the issues. This is what the American people want. Do not play to these tired Republican, Karl Rove games of letting them define you. Only you can define you.

    Obama 08

    July 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  12. Ben

    He shouldn't have left the poor kid hanging. But there's gotta be better things to talk about than whether or not Obama still fist bumps.

    July 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. J. McKinney

    I think it was an incredibly stupid thing to do for a presidential candidate and potential first lady. I noticed at the time that Michelle instigated it that first time, that he didn't respond for a bit, then bumped fists with her. I think he didn't think it was anything to do at the time. And she then tried to make it a big thing, by bumping fists on "the View" where it again looked silly.
    The poor things need something sensible to do, instead of trying to start a silly "fad" that has been around a long time for teens,etc.

    July 1, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. Debby

    I wonder if he will stop saying " Lets Give It Up for" now to. LOL

    July 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  15. Geneva Hill

    BUMP ALL YOU WANT TO MR. PRESIDENT AND FIRST LADY!

    July 1, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  16. John in New York

    Thank you, Obama. Now I know he's the man for the job.

    July 1, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  17. JOYCE

    good morning america news crew does the bump every day
    nothoing wrong with it

    July 1, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  18. OBAMARAMA

    This is important

    July 1, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. dems be dopes

    Maybe Howie could be the VP.

    He already knows some of the moves...

    July 1, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  20. L MIAMI FLORIDA

    MICHELE OBAMA ====== NOT FIRST LADY MATERIAL

    NO HILLARY ON THE TICKET NO VOTES FROM ME AND MY FAMILY,

    FORGET ABOUT IT !!!

    July 1, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  21. JJ

    According to Fox News it was a terrorist fist bump so i understand why obama would want to ditch it.

    July 1, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  22. HELEN ATLANTA GA

    So they can't find or talk about anything else, so they choose the fist
    bump, amazing!!!!!!

    July 1, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. tx girl

    Um, Gary, I know you probably have been immersed most of your young life in a television culture, but the office of the Presidency is typically a thing of great respect and not some TV show. I would prefer to have a leader, not a pop icon.

    July 1, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  24. Ron. Toronto Canada

    Please Wolf don't make an issue of this.It was Michele who started
    it in a show of affection.

    July 1, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. Mike

    Agree. Lose the ghetto symbolism.

    July 1, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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