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. RealityKing

    What is the difference between a hand shake and a pound?

    Nothing, when your left hanging...

    July 2, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Andy

    Interesting that neither of the comments I submitted earlier this morning have been posted.

    July 2, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Jay

    CNN – All Obama..ALL The time! Give me a break.

    July 2, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Kiah

    If he is it's because everytime it's done IT MAKES THE NEWS!

    And the way the media is trying to paint him these days he can't be comfortable enough to do his own thing w/o the ones who don't understand picking it apart!

    Obama '08!

    July 2, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. J

    Politics has reached a new low.

    July 2, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. Michelle

    Give me a break. This is not important at all. Can we refocus on the real issues of the election. Thank you.

    July 2, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  7. Ben

    Finally, real news.

    July 2, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  8. janet, ohio

    1) No one reads long blogs

    2) No one reads blogs in all capital letters

    3) loser, not looser

    4) renege, not renig

    5) Stephen Z: Could you please say 'way, shape'or form' one more time? It's soooo exciting

    July 2, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  9. Mary

    Many of the comments here sadden me as much as the acts of politicians. Come on people. Exercise some discipline in your speech.

    July 2, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  10. Bob

    Why is this news worthy CNN? This is just another distraction piece that you in the MSM want to use to keep from talking about high gas and food prices, the war in Iraq, mortgage crisis, global warming, floods in the Midwest, etc. All of these would be better suited and what you should be talking about. Next it will be who's on American Idol.

    July 2, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. JCB

    Obama is just an image - we have not seen the real man yet. Or, maybe he is just shallow. He sure does not seem to have much substance. That is why he constantly has to work on polishing his image and changing himself to fit in with the public that is present at every stop. He just needs to name Hillary as his VP and get on with it. She is solid, and she doesn't have to shape shift.

    July 2, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. David

    The more I see "news" like this being reported, and the comments in response to such a non-event as if it were as significant as a world war the more I realize democracy no longer works in this country. Our voters react emotionally and are easily led. Such a shame.

    July 2, 2008 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  13. Jon G.

    Only the media is making an issue out of this. People don't care and probably wouldn't have even noticed. I'm beginning to wonder whether high schooler paper editors are running the media.

    July 2, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Sue

    I agree. Ditch it. It is stupid and a turn off to older voters.

    July 2, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  15. Dave in Houston

    I hope he at least shook the kid's hand!

    July 2, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. TESAP


    BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE....................... 🙂

    July 2, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Photon Torpedo Dallas, TX

    I support Senator Obama but really, why is this an issue? Is this really news?

    Yes We Will
    Obama 08'

    July 2, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. Chris


    July 2, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Russ

    If a person would or would not vote for a candidate because he or she did or did not do a "fist bump," then our country is in even more trouble than I realized. This campaign will come down to three things RACE (first and foremost), RELIGION, and the ISSUES, not a "fist bump."

    July 2, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. No McBush

    CNN, you are sad and pathetic and it's very upsetting that you would stoop to such reporting. What is this even news.

    July 2, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. Will from Gaithersburg, MD

    According to Fixed (Fox) News, the fist bump is considered a terrorist fist jab. Unbelievable!

    July 2, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. 5millers

    What a jerk. What was the harm in giving this kid a fist bump? The "bump" has been around since long before I ever heard the name BO, and may sitll be around when he is forgotten. geez....

    July 2, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |

    I personally would like to thank all the students, blacks, and latte liberals for delivering our democratic nominee for the DNC to select. I guess all those college educated people figured out that they can't buy common sense at the university.

    This college educated individual learned common sense in a small town and knew all along that Hillary Clinton should have been our nominee.

    Still for Hill, but voting for a patriot, John McCain.

    July 2, 2008 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Lester from Huntsville, Alabama

    Mr. Obama is not "changing" by not "fist bumping" the young boy. He stated that "I don't want to start....." and then according to the article trailed off and started talking about something else. I fist bump with my wife and dear friends but not with people I really don't know and lets face it....the right wing media may be inclined to try and convince those ignorant among us that this is a terroist gesture. Mr. Obama is focusing on trying to win the presidency and I'm sure doesn't want to be distracted by having to constantly defend non-issues. Why doesn't the media scrutinize every little gesture of John McCain? Why does the first black candidate that actually won the nomination have to explain a "fist bump"? Why is he being so demonized? Is it because he's black? Is it legitimate that I ask such a question? Where is all this good press coverage that fox news continues to say Barrack Obama receives while by and large that cheer John McCain?

    July 2, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. Dem in CA

    Obama probably said this while laughing–this whole thing is such a joke.

    The fact that you report this trivia as news shows he is probably wise to avoid fist-bumping, yet now you make NOT fist-bumping a story?

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Can we please have some real news?

    July 2, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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