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
soundoff (1,001 Responses)
  1. Joe

    I don't get why this is even an issue that we're thinking (and writing) about when we are trying to elect a new president. Let's discuss issues....not how you say hello to your friends and family. Very weird to me.

    July 1, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  2. Will

    Give me a break. Didn't your folks see the President at the USAF Academy graduation? Running chest bumps, and arm curling.

    July 1, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. James

    Please watch the fist bump Obama, the extreme right will somehow link that to some liberal terrorist act!!! Obama 2008.

    July 1, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. Lucas, Nashville TN


    Keep it!

    It's fun and human. Let the critics blow it out their... well... you know.

    July 1, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  5. Vig

    Oh brother. Before this process is over with, people won't know who Obama is – this is just one more flip-flop. Restore Hillary Clinton's candidacy. Print her name in on the November ballot. Reject McCain and Obama.

    July 1, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  6. A little disappointed

    A couple of things:

    1) A fist pump/bump is really no big deal. It's an expression that none of you tight wads would understand and/or appreciate. It's hilarious how something outside of the "accepted norm" is somehow linked with terror or anything else confounded in macabre.

    2) I'm a little disappointed that Barack didn't respond to the kid. Again, it's a generational thing that the elderly (yes, I chose my words wisely). The refreshing thing about Barack is that he connected with the youth and wasn't afraid to be who he is/was.

    I'm a little disappointed, but not enough to vote McCain

    July 1, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    OK CNN do you really need to reach that far for a story on Obama?

    July 1, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  8. Patty

    No new news here. The word has always been that he hates working the rope line...will not sign autographs, etc. Nothing out of character, the guy is an elitist and does not have time for the little people.

    What a shame the Democrats have put this jerk up as their nominee.

    July 1, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  9. thechamp100

    Thanks CNN for another awesome story!

    July 1, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. LJ in Cypress

    It's too bad a black candidate has to deal with such harsh realisms. No white cadidate ever had to exercise such care in fear of appearing too white. Of course, it's only human also, to worry too much about "how things might look". Man, the historians are going to have a field day dissecting this presidential election. Ive never seen so much apoligizing for things by all the participants...Bill,Hilary, John, and Barrack. What the hell have we become as an electorate?

    July 1, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Obscure

    Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter:

    Whereas other people didn't know enough to realize they'd lost.

    July 1, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  12. Mac/San Diego

    This is news?

    July 1, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  13. adam

    cnn you don't have no news today? what happen to the economy, the gas price, like that? I think you guys are sooooo obsesed of making Obama a bad person. Shame on you cnn.

    OBAMA 08&12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 1, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. JC in SC

    What!? A bump and no grind?

    July 1, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  15. Michael Jonas

    You all are off base. The fist bump is done by 80% of the law students at my school. The possibility that it is a terrorist symbol is ridiculous. We all laugh about it. If we play that game, let's look at all the Bush and McCain–isms. McCain for example always says, "My friends" when he addresses crowds. Sometimes the crowds are not "friends" of America or friends of his. Should we tell him to stop? We finally have a man who is going to unite the nation. Obama is not just good for America, he is good for the world. So many countries hope we make the right decision and elect Obama. It is people who create these false stories about Obama that are taking away from our nationalism. We should be focusing on substantive issues. One of you made a comment that Obama is different one day to the next...Have seen MCCain? Wanted to ban drilling of more oil, now he changed his mind. Wanted to not take public campaign money, but he did (and now says Obama is wrong in HIS choices). He was for the war, then against the war, then wanted the war-and a surge. As far as Obama having the seal...I see Obama websites, stickers, advertisements, job postings....all I see is John McCain visiting Mexico. I respect John McCain as a war hero and American, but he should not be the President. Obama will be an excellent president. He is strong, but sensitive. Wise, but not stubborn. He is a good talker and a good listener. He cares for black and white, rich and poor...and the best idea of how he will do internationally...is that international polls show that other countries don't want McCain to win...they want America to pick Obama .

    July 1, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. Signature Fist Bump?

    So, now this is his signature? Do you people reread what you've written? He's right. If he starts fist bumping, everyone will start sticking their fists out instead of their hands. That's when it becomes his signature. It is not. He also patted his Wife on the back. Do we expect everyone the turn their backs on him now. I think I've also seen him kiss her. Imagine.

    July 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  17. Barton H.

    Racists, burn in hell.

    July 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  18. BEW

    Uh...I think Howie Mandel should get credit where credit is due, not Urkel.

    July 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  19. timmy

    lol i feel bad for the little boy.

    and stop trying to reintroduce yourself, you beat clinton which was unprecidented, so why change

    o and from the Republican point of view, "Obama what an elitist. he wouldn't even show respect to a little boy"

    July 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  20. bk

    Obama is a joke. Congratulations DNC You really messed up and gave us the weakest candidate. Can't answer questions and reads prepared speeches.

    July 1, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  21. baljeet

    whats the problem with my comment.. Too much truth for one day??

    July 1, 2008 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  22. Matt

    wow it hardly sounds like this was a serious, "uh, im sorry son, i just couldnt do that."

    why is this being reported? seriously, i dont understand how humorless the news media is.

    July 1, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  23. NOBAMA in West Va

    maybe someone can fist bump him out of the nomination.

    July 1, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  24. libby

    Barack IS BEING FOR REAL. You dumb a@#$# won't let him be himself because you are always nickpicking. Obama and his family are the most for real people and decent people who have ever been running for the White house. I have never in the history of this country, since I have been living, seen so many ignorant people always complaining about anyone. And Yes! it is because he happens to be a person of color. You dummies need to leave this man alone and concentrate on your candidate, Adulteror alzheimer McCain. Get off the internet and stop the soap opera mess.

    July 1, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  25. Go Barak and Michelle Obama!

    my husband and dont do it anymore either due to the fact thats it suddenly the "terrorist fist bump"..something we so commonly do everyday was tainted by the right and overused by the left

    July 1, 2008 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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