July 2nd, 2008
06:00 PM ET
12 years ago

Fist bump not gone?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/02/art.fistbump2.gi.jpg caption="Barack Obama and wife Michelle bump fists on June 3."](CNN) - Rest assured America, perhaps Barack Obama has not abandoned his signature fist bump.

It appears Tuesday's pool report - widely reported by several media outlets, including CNN - that Obama refused to bump fists with a child in Ohio was incorrect.

A review of the tape shows the child was instead asking Obama to sign his hand, but the presumptive Democratic nominee declined.

Watch: Obama doesn't decline bumping fists

"Mom might not be happy when she comes home," Obama said. "She'll be like, 'What is the dirt on your hand?'

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (174 Responses)
  1. Johnny

    Nice to see a retraction and the truth finally coming out of some of the media, but there are 1000+ comments made when everyone thought he "refused a bump".

    Maybe this will take months to disprove ... just like there are thousands that still think Obama is a muslam, unpatriotic, and just too "black" to be president of the USA.

    Where are all of the fact checkers before writing a story and broadcasting world wide.... oh yea.. there arnt any... anymore.

    Good luck Obama.. and God speed on winning this election.
    Hopefully the economy, the war, the gas prices, and the overall issues that affect the state of the nation will become headliners, instead of this fluff....

    July 2, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. The Surly Scholar

    Glad to hear it, but uhh... not news.

    July 2, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Jim

    please write about something significant. like mccain's involvement in Keating Five, Donald Diamond, Vicki Iseman. Something substantial. What are you talking about this for? Ridiculous. Please inform America about the terrible things McCain has done throughout the 149 years he's been in politics. Like consistently voting AGAINST veterans. Seriously folks, keep your eye on the ball. This election is more important than high fives and fist pumps.

    July 2, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Joe - DC

    You're telling me that someone was concerned enough about the "fist bump" to "review the tape"? Seriously, get a job. I for one am not concerned about fisting in the white house or any other house for that matter. Let the Obamas fist in peace.

    July 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Deli

    what's wrong with the fist bump? It's used every single day between co-workers, friends, management, executives, etc.

    July 2, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. One is born every minute...

    Goes to show, can't always believe what you read or see... and how so many people are so ready to pounce on the smallest cue and extrapolate to the extreme (usually in a negative way).

    "Obama's a wishy washy flip-flopper for getting rid of his fist bump! See? He's not fit to be president... oh wait... what? Oh, the kid wanted him to sign his fist, but Obama said no? Uh... well, he's a heartless politician who doesn't care about kids' feelings then!"


    July 2, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. baljeet

    Obama cannot be trusted with or without the fist shake. He will always be the slumlord king from chicago.

    July 2, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Pat Long Island

    fist bumps, flag pins, pledging...oh my!

    July 2, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Jerry

    Oh, I love this man.

    July 2, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. mayahh

    ROCK OBAMA , all the way to the WHITE HOUSE.

    July 2, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Cooper

    Give me a break! Do you have nothing at all to report on in the world? He is declining the fist bump, actually he did not decline the fist bump. Get over it!

    July 2, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Bishop

    Fist bumps ALL AROUND!!!

    July 2, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  13. MD

    It's not his signature fist bump, it's the media pundit fist bump because you idiots on the MSM keep perpetuating it!

    July 2, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  14. Willow, from Iowa

    I'd like to see Barack and Michelle do it every time they appear together on stage. I think its cute, and they smile and look into each other's eyes.

    Nobody cares. Its big news, but nobody cares.

    July 2, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. Jennifer from Atlanta

    Everybody under the age of 30 sees people do this everyday. It's not a "signature" of Obama. This has got to be the stupidest piece of "news" continually generated by the MSM. Raise the bar people.

    July 2, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. stud muffin

    who cares... obama is an idiot with charm... ever hear of the pied piper?

    July 2, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  17. Montana is Obama Country

    huh, the news getting the something wrong.. there's something you don't see everyday..imagine that..!

    July 2, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  18. Concerned Citizen, IN

    Okay, I'm a fan of Obama but this is just plain stupid. The "fist bump" is not new. It has been around forever. The fact that Obama does it may prove that he's not a stuffy suite who sits in a tower leaning over his people, but it is not worthy of multiple ticker stories.

    July 2, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  19. Belle2

    The fist bump, pound, dap or whatever is not what bothers me about Obama. What I care about is his inexperience and arrogance and the media's focus on him and making him the next President. This story just shows that focus. I mean really-where was the meat in the fist bump story in the first place. Now, that original story is replaced with a more positive one. Who cares? The media needs to dig up everything about Obama's past. Give us a chronology of his political past; tell us about how he managed to disqualify his opponents because he challenged their petitions-or tell us if this story is not true. I don't care where he went to school or if he grew up in a Muslim household; but if you want to put all those rumors to rest, tell us the full story: what school did he attend, what, if any, religion was practiced in his home when he was a child? I don't care about these answers either but the media has a responsibility to vet the candidate and that means telling the story of his childhood, young adult life, political past and leaving no doubt that it is the true story. I would think Obama and all his fans would like the media to do that also. I will not take his word for anything; the one thing we all know for sure is that he is willing to denounce anyone and anything to advance himself and his political future. After all, his white grandmother who, no doubt, paid his tuition in private school (when he returned to this country) was (according to Obama) just a typical white person.

    July 2, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  20. thegoreyears

    You can be sure McCain, who has called his wife the c word, is willing to give Cindy a fist bump, but not the kind the mainstream media is willing to report on, just like it ignores all the other scary McCain stuff, from the Keating Five on down. Experience you can count on? Yup, if you want to watch the country go down in flames.

    July 2, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. K Hussein Powell

    The fist bump has been done just about everywhere by just about everyone. Its clear that Senator Obama loves his wife and little fist bump every now and then to show support is geat! Husbands and wives try a combination of a peck on the cheek or lips and a fist bump its fun!

    Obama for America and America for Obama!

    July 2, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Fist Bumpin' Mel in Montana

    Bump fists all the way to the White House, Senator!

    July 2, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Call me HUSSEIN Michigan

    The world is back to being good.


    July 2, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Karin

    thanks for the big news, cnn. how about fact-checking the candidates on the issues? or educating the public about their positions on the issues?

    July 2, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
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