July 2nd, 2008
06:00 PM ET
11 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. Greg, NY

    Oh, whew! I was so worried!

    Now I'll certainly be able to sleep tonight.

    July 2, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. rumpusgoopus

    And yet the media was so gung ho about reporting the false story, which was meaningless to begin with. Shocking.

    July 2, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  3. Wow...

    *sight of relief*

    Thanks for clearing that up CNN, America was worried...

    At least fox news will have something to talk about for a few days!! Made up news, the Fox way!

    July 2, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  4. Jordan

    I like the fistbump. I think it shows a casual Obama and brings him down to a level where average Americans can relate. I think in a way, it's humbling.

    July 2, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  5. Republican for Obama

    Ok, I have to say this: How on earth did so many papers/journalists NOT hear that the first time? Did they have a predetermined agenda when they woke up?

    This is in fairness to both McCain and Obama camps: If an error so easy as this is made (honestly, how could it possibly get twisted into "He won't fist bump with a child"?) then I am truely skeptical of how professional these journalists are (in all media, becuase it was reported by more then just CNN).

    Journalists, you really need to check on your professionalism when reporting to the public, you should be ashamed of yourselves for letting this one get by.

    July 2, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Michael

    Too bad. We don't need alternative greetings. A handshake does very nicely for a President.

    July 2, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  7. Well Informed Voter

    I am more interested in the speech he gave today at Colorado Spring please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Jim from IL

    You people leave Obama alone. You are making him change every time you complain about him. How is he supposed to win an election when you are forcing him to change. He cannot be everything to everyone at the same time!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Jim in S.C.

    Absurd reporting. Let's compare the candidates' platforms. Why does Barack continue to run from a debate with McCain? I know its not as exciting or irrational as a rally, but he could at least humor us with a debate.

    July 2, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. saga4obama

    aww man...come on CNN....
    who will McCain serve?
    the big oil companies that he took $1,069,854.00 from?
    what America is John working for?
    Pastor Hagey…"attack Iran", Farwell,Rob Parsley "we get off on warfare", Lowell Paxson?
    what America does John represent?
    worth over $100,000,000.00, 10 homes, country club, privilege( because of his father and grandfather he was able to escape the findings of the incident that took place aboard the USS Forrestal- 167 US soldiers killed by McCains wet starting his plane 1967).

    why did decorated officer Jack McLamb report that POWs say McCain is a traitor, calling him "songbird McCain"? may be if John would release his Military Reports we would find the truth…WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO HIDE JOHN?

    Obama 08 12

    July 2, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Grand Tabo

    I like the fist bump.... but i really don't know why it's such a big deal.

    July 2, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. KJ, GA

    This is just funny. I love Obama and it seems the media is enthralled with everything Obama, positive or negative. I guess it's better than not that they find Obama so fascinating,t hese are non-issues for anyone else.

    Thanks for the laugh, CNN!

    July 2, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Mary

    The fist bump was a childish gesture in the first place. The Obamas need to grow up.

    July 2, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. Chyrel Wallace-Jackson

    I am really disappointed in the way news is being reported lately on this blog. This is ridiculous. Americans are paying almost $5.00 a gallon for gas, foreclosures of homes are at an all time high, the economy is tanking as we speak and you guys are reporting on a non-issue fist bump story. My goodness, wouldn't it be refreshing to read real news worthy stories about the presidential candidates on this blog.

    July 2, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Jackson

    I love my CNN, 24 hour news, and internet but this shows the type of irresponsible journalism this type of media tends to bring. While it does indeed serve a wonderful (and addicting) purpose, some issues get widely circulated and criticized before enough investigative journalism happens that either confirms or denies the report.

    July 2, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Dee

    The fist bump or a Terrorist fist jab? LOL.... glad that got that lady fired. Unlike the Japenese monkey, I think that was totally intentional. I think the Japanese should be cut some slack though. It's not the first time that they have misunderstood American culture. Check out Snoopes.com for Santa Cross. Apparently, Japenese stores were selling a smiling Santa Claus nailed to a cross during Christmas time. Of course, America is not immune to these cultural faux paus. An American company recently lost a 68 million dollar contract because of a gross cultural misunderstanding. Remember the AT&T commercial where the American business man calls the Japenese VIP a fish? lol.....these things really happen.

    July 2, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  17. Jaime

    Again, who cares?

    Lapel pins, hands over hearts, fist bumps, who cares?

    July 2, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Lynn

    It reminds me what my teenage grandchildren might do. Not Presidential at all. CNN you should change your name to ONN – Obama News Network.

    July 2, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  19. Loretta from California

    Well, I certainly hope not!!! I think our Children CAN identify with it.

    After all, it's just another way to "High five" someone, or to say "job well done" or "do your best"


    July 2, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  20. Marc PDX


    July 2, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Jordan, NY

    It breaks my heart to see this broiling controversy shut down so soon. What will we read about for the next 24 hours? Any news about what the Senator is wearing on his lapel today? Is his dad still from Kenya? Maybe Michelle wore a white dress, because we ALL know what THAT would mean.

    Or maybe we'll just have to read about the thoughtful and efficacious policy that Senator Obama has proposed to combat the watered down, republican agenda Mr. McCain's been touting.

    July 2, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Sandy

    Obama knows that any little sweet thing He does may get turned around to be ugly. Obama Sweety just do you.

    July 2, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Alice

    glad to hear it - the "fist bump" decline was stupid . . .

    July 2, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. ShayFad

    That's right CNN, Get it right.
    If you're going to make an issue out of a NON_ISSUE.
    At least get it right.
    Stop giving these Karl Rove worshipers something to bicker about.

    July 2, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Mike

    Oh thank god!

    July 2, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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