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. curious

    After all the body language discussions when Hillary and Barak united I wonder what the bump signifies. Boxers always touched gloves before a bout so now that the gloves are off, what now.
    I guess since the man can do the bump and the hustle he proves he has rhythm.
    My only hope is that at the convention Obama says "Ladies Please."

    July 2, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    just more free add time for obama. is this really news

    July 2, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  3. BOB


    July 2, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  4. a different guy

    yeah yeah, critic is the greatest, he is totally right!

    July 2, 2008 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. atypical

    Don't let the ignorant turn you into something other than who you are. They will invent something to make you look bad if they have to, so you might as well be yourself.

    I believe there's enough intelligent folk to carry you over the threshhold.

    No fear.

    July 2, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. The real Rush lim shady

    will some one here report some real news for a change ?

    July 2, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  7. Mark C

    Campaigning politicians' hands become sore and swollen from shaking hands so much. This must be especially true for Obama, given that his rallies are larger and more enthusiastic than any ever before seen in American politics. The last thing he needs to add is a few thousand fist bumps a day to that. You people really aren't very bright.


    Yes, as a lifelong Democrat I am extremely happy, thank you very much.

    July 2, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. Heather

    Nah, I think he ought to fist bump everyone he meets. Don't be scared, Barack.

    July 2, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Myrtle Guseman

    To bump or not to bump,who cares ,except a little child,shame on you Obama!!
    Obama has thrown so many people under the bus,he just might have a bumpy ride trying to get to OUR White House!!!

    July 2, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. let's be real

    Haha, horrible news from CNN. Something more important please.

    Here's my two cents; there's nothing wrong with fist bumping. If you find that unlike a good President, think of this... we elected George Bush... I don't think it can get worse than that.

    July 2, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. Jon

    I support you BO, but c'mon, its just a harmless and meaningless first bump. Don't let the pundits and critics dictate your EVERY move. Geesh!

    July 2, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. ss8ty

    What would happen if McBush tried the fist bump. He would probably tip over. Bump this fist.

    July 2, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. Brian from Iowa

    Oh, come ON. Are you kidding!? THIS is news, too?

    July 2, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  14. arc, Lugano CH

    The BBC and other global news sources are not reporting on such topics as the 'fist bump' because it's not important...except to Republicans looking for dirt and their allies (aka Hillary's people).

    July 2, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  15. Greg Pottstown, Pa.

    terrorist fist bump

    did i miss something, when was it called that

    July 2, 2008 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  16. Xavier, Saint Louis, MO

    You fist bump with people you know. You shake hands with people you don't know.

    July 2, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  17. Down with Obama

    Don't they look totally stupid in that picture!! Oh, they are!!

    July 2, 2008 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  18. mad liberal

    At least Obama is consistent in flip flopping.

    1st it was Bushs FISA, .....the domestic wire bill
    2nd it was Bushs Faith baith inititate- which gives govt money to churchs
    3rd it is the fist bump.

    It really is change you can believe in. Obama is a joke!

    July 2, 2008 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. RH

    Obama thought it was a bad idea from the very beginning. The footage clearly shows his reluctance to 'bump fists' at his wife's suggestion. I certainly understand his hesitation – it is a somewhat sophomoric gesture. Being that it has reached the level it has in the public consciousness, however, with some even ascribing 'signature' status to 'Obama's' fist bump, he probably ought to roll with it lest he risk the seemingly obligatory accusation of compromising his character for the sake of appearances. In fairness, I would challenge anyone who would level such charges against Obama to honestly deny that they themselves engage in such behaviour on a regular basis to benefit their social, business, or family relationships, or, at the very least, to accompany their admonishments with some substantive argument against his candidacy.

    July 2, 2008 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. Sue/PA

    CNN......why not report on McCains fundraiser that sent millions to terriorist in Columbia???....right where McCain is now selling out our jobs.



    You are giving McCain a free ride..just like all the other MSM "s

    July 2, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  21. Cheryl

    My gosh, Don't we have more pressing issues to think about? I am taken back by what topics seem to be the most noteworthy, while others of a more serious nature are ignored. Let's get down to real business in this country. Playing games with the American people's bank accounts is what really needs to be addressed rather than whether someone displays the fist bump. Can you spell PRIORITIES.......

    July 2, 2008 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  22. Julianna

    I suspect this is not at all what it seems. How many children were there? He probably meant that if he fist bumped this little boy he would have to do it with every single child there....
    I seriously doubt this is any more than that.
    I just wonder why on earth is this news???
    I think CNN is becoming as bad as Faux News.

    July 2, 2008 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  23. geecee827

    Why waste time on this nonsense? We are in serious trouble in this country and need a strong individual to lead us in the next 8 years. Please concentrate on the issues and not this downright "silly" stuff. It is indeed unfortunate that Obama cannot express himself without controversy. People who dislike him will jump on anything to disrespect him. No matter what the issue or who supports Obama, those who hate him will continue to hate him and will not change their minds. Conversely, those who like him will continue to do so, and won't change their minds, either. So its a stalemate. Can we move on and not cover these foolish "stories" so the candidates can be themselves without pretense? Go Obama!!!

    July 2, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  24. East Coast Bum

    BORING CNN YAWN.......

    July 2, 2008 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  25. FLORIDA Voter for Obama

    T.H.I.S. I.S. R.E.T.A.R.D.E.D.

    L.E.T. I.T. G.O.

    If he does he does, if he doesn't he doesn't? WHO CARES.

    Why was it a huge deal from th beginning anyway? I mean, it's such a casual thing? What EXACTLY are certain people trying to imply?

    July 2, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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