July 2nd, 2008
07:19 AM ET
12 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
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  1. Scott C

    It may be lame if he overdoes it... but I think it can be an opportunity to have a special connection with people. I think the bump is a good idea.

    Though the scrutiny he has to go through it might not be.

    Who knows

    July 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  2. Victor

    This cannot seriously be news... in fact, this isn't even political. It's a story about a guy who didn't fist bump some kid.

    July 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  3. Chuck, Democrats United We Stand

    It is a shame that he has to do this, so many people twist and turn simple innocent things into something ugly and distasteful, then the media perpetuates it by beating it into the ground. So sad, I thought it was cute and reflected how tightly united Obama and Michelle are.

    July 1, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Dem. South Floridian for McCain

    His greetings aren't even consistent! Why cant people see through him?

    July 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter

    Another attempt to make BO appear "presidential." Too bad he didn't know enough to knock it off on his own, but that's why he and Michelle have a crew of "handlers." Boy, do they need handlers!

    July 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  6. Helen

    Come on CNN. Love the network but we need real issue to discuss.

    Fist bump doesn't help at the gas pump. (economy)

    Fist bump doesn't help a woman with a cancerous lump. (health care)

    Fist bump doesn't help people who live in the slump (Katrina victims)

    Give Americans credit that we care about REAL ISSUES and not fist bump nor a lapel pin.

    Obama 08'

    July 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. ReaganDem84

    "popularized the move"?!!


    the fist bump has been around for years!

    just ask howie mandel.

    next thing the msm is going to credit to BHO is creating the Earth in six days and resting on the seventh.



    July 1, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. peter

    Be yourself. Don't get too concerned with what is "politically advisable" or not. You said you were above that.

    July 1, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. The Surly Scholar

    Nooooo, don't ditch the fist bump! It gave Barack and Michelle character as a husband/wife team, and that's a big advantage for them. The Obamas have a happy, loving, and functional relationship, which sets them apart from the unsettlingly vitriolic McCain "family" dynamic. Honestly, I don't see how anybody could look at John and Cindy and consider that a family. But I digress.

    Anyway, I loved the fist bump and the degree of closeness and mutual respect and appreciation it communicated. It was like Barack telling his wife "Hey, good job, you helped me get here." Michelle is a strong woman as well as a powerful entity in her husband's campaign. I prefer that dynamic – in which the president and first lady are complementary personalities – rather than the way McCain treats his wife like a grinning, bleached-blond set piece.

    July 1, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. KJ

    Fist bumps? Calling people "homeys"?

    Obama is simply not Presidential.

    July 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  11. Lance Haun



    July 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  12. Jake

    Barack, if you are responding to every little "bump" in the road like this....

    Fox runs one "terrorist fist jab" segment and you back off?

    I'm an ardent Obama supporter, but gimme a break. Show some balls buddy.

    July 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  13. Margaret

    While this gesture may be appropriate for a sports or gang venue, it hardly seems appropriate for the possible 1st lady to be doing this. It seems very common and undignified. This woman and man may represent our country to foreign dignitaries in the future–is this how they plan to greet them??

    July 1, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. Mark Anthony

    I think he should have done it, we need a President that isn't about the same ole, same ole. This is truly the reason a lot of younger voters have not be interested in politics because most politicians don't represent them.

    July 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Barbara in Nevada for Obama

    Oh, for pete's sake, what is the big deal? The guy has to be paranoid now over what was most probably just a sign of affection, a "right on" or "good for us" move with his wife on stage? Does anyone remember the Wonder Twins Super Powers and how they were activated? The same move! No big deal...Barack should not have to worry about that...the paranoid people who called that a "terrorist fist bump" either don't get out much or have forgotten the importance of symbolic gestures between couples. Our future President should not have to worry himself about such a trivial matter.
    OBAMA '08 $ '12!

    July 1, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    No need to dump the fist bump. It's a pretty widely accepted and practiced custom already........ever watch Howie on Deal or No Deal?

    July 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  17. CB

    Obama, I was lovin your style. What's up?

    July 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. Bill

    This is what you consider news? Childish...

    July 1, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  19. Dayahka

    It's understandable that he doesn't want to start some sort of trendy way of greeting someone, but it sure is better than having people hug each other the way most do now. Let's get rid of the hugs and maybe find some other way of greeting.

    July 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Gene

    Ok... I think Obama is great.. but this media coverage of the most irrelevant things is just getting ridiculous. I'm just waiting for a news headline titled "Obama eats a sandwich".

    But of course, I know that even a news headline about a sandwich would send idiots like Brian Knoxville, Puff, Vig, and all the other PUMAs talking about how he's flip flopped about liking pastrami, so why is he eating a turkey sandwich... and how that shows that he's not fit to be the president 🙂

    July 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  21. Tony HUSSEIN Michigan

    Lord knows some right wing nut will figure out that there is some secret meaning behind the fist bump and we can't have that!!!

    Besides on the left we know the secret meaning and we are not telling!!!

    July 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  22. Catty

    Stay Tuned, he should be eating dinner soon...

    July 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. Auntie Coosa, Blairsville, Georgia, USofA

    Senator Barack Hussein Obama is going to live to regret his refusal to connect with the young man who wanted a "bump" from him. It is no different from a handshake and definitely more sanitary.

    If I were that child, or if that child were mine, my support of Senator Barack Hussein Obama would have immediately ended with his rejection of connection with a "bump."

    Senator Barack Hussein Obama demonstrated once again his Elitist attitude by his actions.

    Vote for a real person, Vote McCain.

    July 1, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. crownsy

    good lord, not only is it news, but its a actual political topic?

    i fear for the future of our nation, beware the mccain high five, its a sign of pure evil.

    July 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. sara

    Okay, we have really entered silly season as Obama would say. He needs to continue to be himself and how awful , that poor kid probably just wanted to meet him. Again, get over yourself and be yourself. That's coming from one of his supporters.

    July 1, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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