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. The Dragon

    How about the chest bump?


    July 2, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  2. Gary in Portsmouth, VA

    A whole lot to do about nothing. Unfortunately the fist bump is actually old and really isn't meaning to be fadish more than it is sanitary. Shaking hands can be dirty depending on who hands your shaking. Some people don't wash there hands. Some cultures don't shake the hand you whip your butt with. Enough said.

    July 2, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  3. Give Me Librium or Give Me Meth!

    Finally, a CNN Ticker entry that actually elevates the political discourse of this election instead of sensationalizing inconsequential details while ignoring major issues and policy stances.
    "The fist bump heard round the world"
    Someday we'll be reading about it in history books.
    After Obama loses of course, when he's revealed to be nothing more than an inconsistent Hollow Suit/Media Darling, who succeeded in creating the first election wherein the primary was decided by bad celebrity YouTube videos, lip-syncing sycophants and ill-informed Mellenials (of which I am one) who think the platform of Change, Hope and Belief is one which is grounded in reality, possibility, or trustworthiness.

    Hopeful for believing in a change towards hope,


    July 2, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  4. Nia - Phoenix, AZ

    What's really Good Mr. Obama? I think you have way to many Clinton folks on your team stripping your Character....

    July 2, 2008 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  5. Chula

    Obama .....what a jerk.

    Poor Kid

    July 2, 2008 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  6. Mervin

    CNN. Why even bother with this ridiculous story? Fist bumping? Were your journalists in the office today twiddling their thumbs? Is this the best you could come up with? Give me a break! One word CNN. Relevance!

    July 2, 2008 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  7. Will, NJ

    Next up, Brittany gets fatter! Give me a break CNN, you're reaching for it now.

    July 2, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  8. veronica

    What's he afraid of? Why is he dumping it?

    July 2, 2008 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  9. DM, Arlington TX for Barack Obama 08

    Why is this News? when we have Servicemember dying daily on foriegn soil and the Cost of living in the US is out od sight......

    So who Cares...<<<<=??????

    July 2, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  10. Yo

    Yo, some of you people seem very bitter! Why don't you relax and enjoy this history-making presidential election as it unfolds. This guy is the real deal. It's sad that he has to censor himself from fist-bumping. But it says a lot more about our society and it's hang-ups than it does about the candidate himself.

    Look at how much fun was made of Hillary when she downed shots and beers with locals in, I believe it was, rural Pennsylvania. Or, recall how poorly it was received when she "remembered" that she ran for cover in Bosnia when she got off of her plane, only to subsequently see footage of herself receiving gifts from a little girl right there on the tarmac.

    It's unfortunate, but these candidates are constantly under the microscope, and their detractors (or even the media) will use ANYTHING to get a leg up, improve ratings, or cast the candidate in a bad light.

    So everybody just relax. You'd think twice about a lot of little things you might want to say or do too, if you were stuck in a fishbowl with EVERYBODY watching.

    Peace Out.

    July 2, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  11. Desmond Sequeira

    The "fist-bump" it neat and refreshingly unpretentious. Hope OBAMA continues to engage in it – never mind all those stuffy people who claim it is "unpresidential" (has somebody defined "presidential"?), who want to find fault with everything, who want to take the spontanaeity out of everything, who are just humourless.

    July 2, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  12. veronica

    What's he afraid of? Why is he dumping it?
    What is he trying to hide now?
    Is THIS what he calls "Change"?

    July 2, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  13. Judy

    Be who you are. Refuse to let the handlers shape your essence. Stand up for the right to speak honestly. General Clark did not say anything wrong about Senator McCain. He stated that military service alone does not qualify you for commander in chief. What is so wrong about that? I'm worried. It seems that the Republicans are succeeding in pushing buttons. Fight back by being true to yourself.

    July 2, 2008 12:22 am at 12:22 am |
  14. Rj

    OBAMA 08 🙂

    July 2, 2008 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  15. ChristianH

    I'm disappointed that Obama buckled on this just because Fake News called it a "terrorist fist bump". I still respect him, but he's been making too many concessions in recent weeks to appease the wack-jobs and appeal to moderates (none of whom care if you give a celebratory hand bump to your wife). Besides, if anything he didn't popularize this move, revived it; it was popular on the streets in the '70s.

    July 2, 2008 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  16. John

    Wow...I must be really missing something. Is OBAMA that great. I read the comments from all the news stories and think....this guy must truly be the second coming of Jesus. He can do no wrong and people love him.

    Oh by the way, he comes from the same party that controls the Congress and Senate. It is very easy to lay blame on the President that has a lame duck Congress and Senate that will not push anything forward or help the people without fulfilling their own agenda.

    Anyway, I am looking forward to the new Socialism where the governement gives everybody free things. Citizen or no citizen, it is FREE (paid for by all the hard working people of this country and given to all the lazy people).

    July 2, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  17. DC

    Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter,
    You've been posting the same thing over and over for weeks – you're not very clever – get a life!

    July 2, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  18. deroy

    fist bumps are like high fives. stupid movements by people pretending to be hip.
    they should go back to their garages with their model trains and pocket protectors.

    OBAMA did the right thing this is stupid. the fact OBAMA did it on stage proves that he's a harvard square.

    he and his wife are both ivy league elitist blacks.

    July 2, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  19. Rich

    With Fox News calling it a terrorist bump, I have to say someone out there will say it is some hidden "black" code or something stupid like that. And yes, there are people out there like that. They are called Bushies and still drive around with a W'08 bumper sticker on their car.

    July 2, 2008 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  20. Independent

    I totally understand what you mean Obama. If you sign one autograph, you have to sign every single one not to hurt anyones feelings. If you bump fist with one, you will be bumping fist forever. You are smart and we appreciate all you can do under this public microscope you are living in right now. GO Obama! You are the man!

    July 2, 2008 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  21. bharriso

    No need to turn the Senator into Arsenio hall. No trademark/signature moves thank you. Non-issue. Please continue reporting on why a gollon of gas cost more than a happy meal.

    July 2, 2008 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  22. SC for Hillary

    Obama's call it what it really is: TERRIOST FIST JAB

    July 2, 2008 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  23. Pearl

    Have a little fun, Senator. Don't lose your joy and spontaneity in the course of campaigning.

    July 2, 2008 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Popularized the fist bump? Where has the author lived for the last, oh, eight years? It's been just about everywhere. It's just a joke that the media are making such a big idea of an act as simple, and common, as a high-five.

    July 2, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  25. Sheri

    Tiny issue but I love it.

    Obama 08

    July 2, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
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