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. Yomi Obidi

    Watch your typo, guys.

    The last statement should read: "the fist bump heard ...", not "the first bump..."

    July 2, 2008 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  2. Getan Pade

    Is Obama that easily influenced and / or wishy-washy. Obama – McCain, whatever, we are screwed another 4 years.

    July 2, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  3. LET IT GO

    Cnn here we go again, why is this news, don't you have better topics to reported, you just can't help yourself any negative news on Obama you have to post. Hmmmm how about the McCain's not paying they taxes.

    July 2, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. TK

    To Alice in Florida–Will you sick white women get a life!! HRC LOST!! She got her butt beat!! Stop singing the blues and get over it!! Grow up!! BO is going to win in Nov. and there's nothing you can do about. What goes around–comes around so get ready for it. Yea–go Obama!

    July 2, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. v.a.

    Congratulations to Alice in Florida!!!! You have the most ignorant post of the morning.

    "He's not just a black and white skunk who stinks to high heaven – he's also a chameleon – keeps changing his colors"

    "And if you can't, please be sure to keep enough room under the bus for Michelle – she has a pretty big butt and won't fit if you have to throw fat Oprah under there too"

    Good gosh, get real. "Wah wah, she has a big butt throw her under the bus." THIS is the type of nonsense that the Obama-haters complain about? The size of Michelle's butt? Way to go, brainiac!

    July 2, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  6. GG NYC


    July 2, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  7. Fist Bumps Are Dumb

    Gary of El Centro, Ca July 1st, 2008 7:32 pm ET

    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?


    Howie is Canadian, not to mention a total d-bag.

    July 2, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. Jorgi

    Where's the politics, candidate platforms and the true things that matter to this country such as the economy? Instead we have a news organization that is more concerned with a "fist bump" instead of what these candidates are going to do about Iraq, Commodities such as oil etc.

    July 2, 2008 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  9. Dave

    Obama needs to get a f'ing backbone..you got folks saying this and that..flagpin, fistbump, muslim, wright, bla bla bla. Be a f'ing man and tell them to go to hell. Stop being so plastic..it makes folks like me who support you question who you are.

    July 2, 2008 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  10. ProundToBeDemocrat

    The stupid media and white people live for small staff and gasp. Slow news day CNN ha.

    July 2, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Marshall

    Why is this news. Why don't you cover important things, like where each candidate stands on the issues? How they plan to make things better. Now that is what I want to see. Please CNN start covering real news not this worthless fluff.

    July 2, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Kyle

    I dont care if Barack and Michelle have their own 1 minute secret hand shake....its something between him and his wife...who cares if the President shows a little humor and emotion, we all dont have to be so formal all the time

    July 2, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  13. Karen

    Oh God.....here comes the "Fist Bump" speech!

    July 2, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  14. Down with Obama

    CNN just has to have a way to keep Obama the top story!!

    July 2, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  15. Joe

    why is this news?

    July 2, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  16. Fitz

    Tennessee Tuxedo, you hit the nail right on the head. Everything Obama does is a big deal to CNN and it needs to be discussed at length daily for weeks upon end. One of his guys gets a mortagae at a good price and it's an everyday discussion. McCain's people lobby for terrorist organizations and recently it was found one actually made payments to the same group the US lists as a terrorist organization and do you hear about it here? NO

    They talked about Michelle Obama and the "patriotic issue for how long. What she said and how it causes problems for Obama.

    Did they ever show the video of McCain saying the same thing?

    But a fist jab is a big deal because Obama did it. Hey G.W. Bush just did it, I saw the pic, why don't they report on that here too

    What we people of color are taught is that, no matter what you do, you will always have to do it twice as good just to be considered equal.

    July 2, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  17. Mike D

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

    well, you know what? YOU DON'T MATTER! we'll win with or without you because your kind is already accounted for.

    July 2, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  18. NC voter

    Guess everyone will be fist-bumping under that bus with Obama's reve, grandma, former campaign manager, principles, etc.

    July 2, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  19. Al, NY NY

    I guess he'll try to win over Republicans by bowing to his wife and she'll curtsey to him. I wish all the nay-sayers would get over the 19th century Elizabethian mentality and join the current world.

    July 2, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. BT, Houston, Tx

    Whats the big deal...who cares you cover everything except that which is important...

    July 2, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. Just say nobama

    Guess he dropped it once someone realized that the fist bumped was actually a mildly disguised Black Panther salute.

    July 2, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. mike

    Another flip-flop from obama – anyone surprised?

    July 2, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. Curchel

    It's sad really. I like Obama but he is acting more and more like a politician. Some advisor must have told him to stop doing the fist bump thing because of the whole ridiculous "terrorist fist jab" remark put out by FAUX news aka FOX. It seems like every week Obama loses his non-politian charma that got him the democratic nomination.

    July 2, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  24. Joe - DC

    Wow, can I work at CNN? I could write some BS about the absolutely irrelevant moments in politician's lives, and I could make it spicy.

    July 2, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  25. Ohiovoter

    I, for one, would have liked to have seen B.O. and his wife bump HEADS. LOL

    GO MCCAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 2, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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