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. tai

    WOW, Thanx for letting me know CNN, really made me a little bit dumber with these type of nonsense stories.

    July 2, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Dwight "Hussien" Eisenhower

    OK CNN ... This ticker needs to take it up a notch or two.

    I didn't even read the first blog because I could feel the Obama-Haters talking about how the Senator scared this child for life because he wouldn't give him a "pound".

    No I read that you didn't even get this fluff story correct.

    I want to hear about McCain's detailed plan for Iraq for the next 4 years including US troop levels, Iraqi troop levels, Iraqi government structure, elections & self determination. How about that, hmmm?

    July 2, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. John, Las Vegas, NV

    Whoa, what happened to the headline about concerns about her image based on this poll? Did the Obama campaign get to you and complain about the unfavorable image that heading gave, causing you to change it sound much more positive? Whatever happened to journalistic independence???

    July 2, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Nicole in NE

    The media made a mountain out of a molehill and people take the bait – BIG surprise!

    Obama 08'

    July 2, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. wiser

    Who cares! Senator Obama’s best idea is his fist bump.

    Is this the best the Democrats can do?

    No, we won’t!

    Democrats for McCain!

    July 2, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Marc PDX

    "Terrorism Fears Are Fading"... in another article today on CNN...

    ......... dum-de-dum..........

    ......... dum-de-dum..........

    WAMMMM!!! Suckers get sucker punched.... (CNN article in two years)

    – NObama N'08

    July 2, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. unions are not stupid

    Oh my we really need a completely new media outlet that sets up and abides by ethics standards, the press is on of the most important checks and balances we have in our democracy and it is so badly corrupted by greed that while the politicians will say and do anything for a vote the media will say and do anything for a audience

    July 2, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Doris,Memphis,TN

    That's right Senator Obama teach the kids to shake hands with
    the President. They can fist bump with their friends!

    July 2, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Teddy California

    I think it is perfect acceptable for Obamas to do that on their own. But why should we learn from them? Hign-five works fine and why should we adopt this trivial change? This is insignificant, superficial change. My daughters said they did not like fisting each other. I hope we do not have to learn how to do that in Obama's way. But please also leave Obama alone on these trivial things.

    July 2, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. John in Ohio

    I can't be the only one who wishes CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc, would stop covering the elections. At least until the conventions. The desire to fill 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with "news" has led to a lot of really lame and pointless stories getting published, worthless fluff pieces that nobody really needs to know about. How about you networks get back to covering the [expletive] war already?

    July 2, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. Kingsley Okere

    Obama remains the man. However I should think that we all must realize he is human and not an angel. What America should desire is one that can bring real change to their lives and politics and surely Obama is the man.

    July 2, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Charlie, Philadelphia

    OK, I'm voting for Obama, I think he'll beat McCain this November. I like staying up to date with news concerning this upcoming election.

    But in all honesty, can we please stop reporting about this fist bump stuff? They didn't invent it, it's been done before, some politicians choose to shake hands and hug others, Obama prefers the fist bump. Who cares?!?!?!

    July 2, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Jacob

    "his signature fist bump" Really CNN? Really? Is that all you have now? Attributing adjectives to people greeting each other?

    When can we stop making up news and start reporting it?

    July 2, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Hillary Girl

    Well, at least he knows his Autograph is a waste of space.

    July 2, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Sharon Kitchen

    The press seems very eager to make everything a negative......better check out facks before going to press........................

    July 2, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. Oh! The Irony

    I can't understand why the media has made a playful gesture between Barack and his wife into such a negative central story (terroristic fist jab). How 'bout I'm glad Barack jabs his wife's fist instead of McCain who has a history of simply jabbing his wife.

    The gesture showed me that they have a real and affectionate relationship...not one comprised for political gain (Clintons) or money and power (McCains).

    July 2, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  17. Lisa Step

    So, if the other story (about Sen Obama "refusing" to fist bump a kid in Ohio) is incorrect, why is it still in the cue on cnn.com?! C'mon, CNN - if the story has been shown to be inaccurate, pull it from the web site!

    Relatedly - two different stories, two different sets of poll numbers re: folks' first impressions of Mrs. Obama and Mrs. McCain - Couldn't somebody do a little reportage on whose polls they are, explain the different outcomes and their meaning... Weave it together a little and get rid of the LEADING HEADLINES! One story is basically neutral, the other - with similar poll numbers - is touted as "Michelle Obama in trouble."

    CNN - are you reporting and analyzing the news, or trying to DIRECT it?

    July 2, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. Xavier, Washington DC

    This just in. Obama says "God bless you" to a sneezing supporter. Do we really have to highlight everything he does? Look, I've been down with Barack since he was a longshot for the Democratic nomination for the Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate, but you guys are way past ridiculous with covering his every move or non move. CNN, give it a rest.

    July 2, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Michelle

    Not just one but two articles on the ever-important fist bump.

    Does CNN stand for Comedy News Network?

    Will Obama ever be vetted? CNN, what has happened to your standards?

    July 2, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. Allheart72

    Never in a million years did I think that this would be the source of so much discussion. It is just modern way of greeting someone. In this case this is equivalent to a high five between two power forwards that make up a winning team.

    Don't be afraid of change.

    Obama 08/12

    July 2, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Tony

    I am a Democrat! I am not happy with any of the choices we had for a nominee, I cannot stand Ms. "Mouth" Obama, BUT PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE remember that the next president will get to possibly appoint as many as 3 Justices on the Supreme Court and we do NOT want that president to be John McCain.

    Please read the article entitled "WRONG WAY MCCAIN", by Sen. Joe Biden in the JUNE 30, 2008 issue of the "Legal TImes".

    That alone is enough reason NOT to vote for McCain.

    July 2, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Kevin

    Hurray media!

    July 2, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  23. Esther

    CNN why dont you remove or update/edit the other original false story? You related a false story which tries to portray Obama very negatively – as a snub to a little child. There were over 1000 comments on that story of which most were not good. A lot of people might just read that story and not read this one. I suspect something goofy here ...give it up CNN!!!

    July 2, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. VM

    This whole accuracy in news thing just isn't a priority to you guys is it?

    July 2, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. larry buchas


    The media overblows a greeting & paints Barack as the arrogant Muslim.

    Of course, the fist bump isn't going away. Tell Maureen Dowd to put a correction in her column too.

    July 2, 2008 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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