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. Roger Jones

    Not much substance to the Obama candidacy when all the even his favorite news organizations can only write about "fist bumps'", "flag lapel pins", and attendees to his political gatherings who wear scarves on their heads. Where are some accomplishments or characteristics that make this man qualified to be the leader of this country.

    July 2, 2008 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  2. kaTE

    Sack up Obama! Nothing wrong with the fist bump

    July 2, 2008 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  3. Jay from the west

    Gosh he's just going to sell his soul to become president. Come on B.O. don't change who you are thats why I like you.

    July 2, 2008 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  4. Surge

    Flip flopping on important issues from primary to general just to get elected is one thing. Refusing to 'fist bump', not allowing his background audience to have 2 Muslim women in pictures, trying to turn his angry and ungrateful wife into Jackie O, and taking up Bush's conservative polices to appeal to a conservative base is all really kind of pathetic. Grow up kids; you've been had.

    July 2, 2008 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  5. Paula Lacey

    If they would stop making an issue of everything he does, Obama would not have to change. Fox news said the fist bump was a terrorist gesture. This is a lie. They said he was a Muslim. This was a lie, so he couldn't have Muslim women in his fotos or that would give them more amunition. Wesley Clark said something, they blame it on Obama. Rev. Wright said something. They blame it on Obama. His wife says something. They blame it on Obama. This Scarlette woman says he is emailing her. That's a lie. You say, he is renigging. That's a lie. He's trying not to give Republicans fuel. If people would stop lying, he would not have to keep proving himself. He's not throwing people under the bus. He is clearing himself.

    July 2, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  6. joey

    i think he has to be careful about everything he does because stupid racists are looking to get him on anything he does that shows his ethnicity. just look at how far we have come in this country. lol. you can't even do a simple gesture if it isn't "white" enough. and please start telling the real news cnn , i am getting tired of this bull you put on the air. you are getting as bad a another news station. ........

    July 2, 2008 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  7. Russell Hammond

    Oh yeah...that fist bumping business is noted in the Bible and designates the Antichrist. Praise Jebus.

    July 2, 2008 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  8. neVER Obama

    Obama "change" is that he will take a different position on every thing- small or major- every single day.

    We are already sick of this candidate- created by the media and marketed by hateful internet activities.

    Obama is inspiring his followers to a lot of hate and insulting behaviors designed to denigrate and demean others.

    This is ever more shameful every day.

    Now Obama is pandering for the evangelical vote. What about separation of Church and state?

    July 2, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  9. LF

    Slow news day? Let's see whetherf he fist-bumps thumbs-up or thumbs-down. Must be an indication of some hidden meaning. Let's measure the vdlicity of the fist-bump, and the relative hand-positions of the Senator and the co-bumper (or bumpee?). Actually, you can tell a lot about a person by their fist-bump. Is it firm or flabby? Do they bruise or get bruised? Which bumper reaches further to perform the manouver? Maybe it's a shoutout to former Arkansas Governor and Senator Dale Bumpers, or a signal that he'll be Obama's choice for VP, since he's almost as old as McCain. Or maybe it's a subtle cue that he's Irish., despite having dropped the apostrophe after the "O."

    July 2, 2008 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  10. sexism favoritism reverse racism

    Oprah and Caroline?

    Ted and Maria?

    John Kerry? Dean... Pelosi?


    WE lifelong democrats are sure NOT happy with this lying, hypocritical pandering sirtt politician.

    July 2, 2008 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  11. McCain couldn't hold a McJob

    Are we really going to focus on whether or not Barack Obama does something that has been done for decades?! He didn't start it. He didn't try to start it. He was celebrating and it was something that he and his wife did. That doesn't mean he has to be placed on the level with Gary Coleman–always asked to say "What you talkin' 'bout Willis." Why is it that when a politician, celebrity, or anyone in the public eye does something (or in this case, doesn't do something) different, it has to be scrutinized? Why not focus on the man opposite Obama who wants to be president so that he can keep us in Iraq for the next century? I'm sure you have some information on some of the things that he used to do that he doesn't do anymore.

    July 2, 2008 01:54 am at 1:54 am |
  12. AB

    Really who cares..It's just a non issue.

    July 2, 2008 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  13. ABB

    Obama didn't popularize the fist bump the media just realized it is the 21st century. Obviously no one at CNN has children who play sports or know anyone below the age of 70.

    July 2, 2008 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  14. Marie

    This is am example of CNN's meaning of the most trusted name in bringing you stupid news. Why do advertisers sponser some of this trash, puzzels me. Hey CNN rich guys! check out the price of gas, food, foreclosurers, jobs, etc. Bump your heads to that. Uncaring idiots.

    July 2, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  15. CNN = Comedy News Network

    Do you actually screen anyone to work at your company... or do you actively seek the most incompetent writers on the planet?

    Whoever approves/disapproves the comments – QUIT YOUR JOB... you work for a bunch of idiots.

    July 2, 2008 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  16. Scott

    I think Barry ought to start doing the bump (the orginal hip bump) with supporters. That would increase his cool factor considerably.

    July 2, 2008 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  17. James

    I fist bump with my wife all the time, mostly when the Red Sox lose, but I'm still not voting for Obama. Next issue!!!! Please!

    July 2, 2008 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  18. Pel

    Dear Senator Obama, my presidential candidate.

    Please do not get to straight laced. Please remember what launched you into the national public eye during the primary season. Please do not become to WASHINGTONIAN and start looking unreal. Shake with the fist if you feel like it. Have fun with the public, you have a lot of young people with you. Lets not lose that . (Oh! I am 65, so the youth statement would not apply to me)

    Further, I believe in FAITH( I am an A.M.E), but please do not start sounding like Pres Geo Bush with the religious right. Please do not over court them. The church has enouth free gifts( schools, day cares, etc), which are money makers and none taxable. Please do not get to close to some of these Pull Pit Pimps known as church ministers or their cohorts.

    I am with you until you become president of these UNITED STATES.

    July 2, 2008 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  19. De

    What these "news" don't say is that he stll hugged the kid...

    July 2, 2008 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  20. catjax

    I don't go for those jibe things. If Obama wins, we can expect these things. I hope his wife doesn't use this gesture when they are in the foreign land representing this country. It is too uncool. You get what you paid for.

    July 2, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  21. Nanc, MN

    When will his die hard fans realize that the "Primary" Obama is gone and won't be back? Where's the hope, change thing now? Unless flopping like a fish is change. You were told underneath all his rock star appeal that he was really just a politician and not your new best buddy. Maybe you should have listened.

    July 2, 2008 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  22. Henry

    Can't you reporters find something else to write about? I mean come on...

    NEWS Flash- We once again have two lousy candidates for president and the country is going to continue to be run in to the ground by idiots...

    have a nice day...

    July 2, 2008 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  23. bill in oklahoam

    Obama's handlers have started grooming him. They have turned him into a conventional candidate for president. Waht happened to change?

    July 2, 2008 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  24. Bud Stephens

    Obama has made several mistakes one being his failure to honor our national anthem because he says he was eye balling the singer? every one else had sense enough to respond appropriately.
    Now if he was ten years old I might buy that, but he is not and I do not. he has portrad a standoffish additude on loyalty to this country more than once.

    July 2, 2008 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  25. P. Morrison

    Jack, do something with the folks working with you before CNN loses all its' credibility!! It's a crying shame when every racist and bigot has to criticize every word, movement, or simple gesture a candidate makes. I wish someone could describe exactly what "presidential" is supposed to look like. Has it occurred to these "nit-pickers" that maybe different people have different ideas of "presidential"? I am a white female well over 60, still employed, and find it wonderful that we have a candidate that has inspired the youth of today as Sen. Obama has. I only hope they don't become discouraged by the comments some of the "adults" are spewing out!
    BTY, I'm also a southern born and reared, born-again Christian-and proud of it, and not for one moment do I believe Sen. Obama is or has ever been a Muslim, SO THERE!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-16

    July 2, 2008 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
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