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. Timus

    It's just part of the job. Everything you do gets ridiculed and played over and over a thousand times on CNN and Fox. Every moment could turn into a sound bit or something goofy on Jay Leno.

    July 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. girl

    They better leave those bump alone..........whats next with this stooges

    July 1, 2008 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. Brian from Texas

    No, the fist bump was great!! I guess it's only for special occasions and Michelle.
    Although, I dont at all blame Obama. The conservative media machine has Obama too scared to blink right now. The conservative media is always looking for any little thing (even a fist bump) to spin and cast Obama in a negative light.
    Fist bump might be spun as unpatriotic, or it symbolizes that he doesnt have any respect for McCain's military service, or it's a black culture thing that's meant to put down white people, or they've seen terrorists fist bump once.
    Obama's no dummy, he knows he has an uphill battle and doesnt want to offer up any ammunition to conservatives.

    July 1, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  4. Justin in CA

    I love the fist bump but understand what hes thinking

    July 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. janey

    Not even original-it figures–nothing this man does or says is original.

    July 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  6. Tjaye in LA

    I saw them do the fist bump ONE TIME....how on EARTH does that make it his signature?

    And Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter....please get over it. No one is going to look at your tantrum vote and say....Awww...he's really upset, it must mean something...let's all change our vote to make him feel better.

    July 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  7. California Voter

    Having watched this campaign from late last year . . in many ways I amused at the Obama campaign. Apparently, they think that the voters don't pay any attention (or have a very short attention span) to what the candidates said during the primaries. Obama's group continuously accused the Clinton campaign of pandering to the voters . . . It doesn't take a genius to see that is exactly what Obama is doing now (not that he didn't do any pandering before) as he makes statements that contradict those he said during the primary. Is he telling the truth? Who knows? I do know he has never answered the question as to why he remained a member of a black liberation church where the pastor preached hatred and racism for 20 years. Where is his judgment, where is his honesty, and what really are his core values? WHO KNOWS????? And he is going to change Washington????

    July 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. shaik

    His decision to "bump" or not to "bump" is not an issue...Iraq is, the economy is, the housing industry is, our position in the world is, global warming is, energy crisis is....grow up!

    July 1, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. David, NYC, NY

    Now this is BIG news!!! Did he leave the kid hangin', or give him a little skin coverage at least?! Bring it CNN!!!!

    July 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  10. Sharon

    You know it never cease to amaze me how trifling (no, wait. too cultural) how ignorant and simple minded people can be. I am an Obama supporter, but whether you support Obama, McCain or anyone else, please have enough sense to think for yourself and not allow ads, journalism, or any other source to manipulate you which ever way the wind blows from week to week. Please also use a little (not much) just a little common sense when it comes to analyzing what someone says. Lets stop allowing the media to manipulate and plant seeds that take anyone's words out of context. I would hope that we as adults could make that kind of decision on our own.

    July 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Rebecca; Texas

    wow . . I didn't see Obama throwing kids under the bus too . . nah, I take that back . . I did.

    July 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. will

    the first bump was his signature move! really. it he wants to lose it, fine. but it's a testament to his ability to relate to the small things with young voters, even in small things.

    but whatever. obama 08.

    July 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. girl

    What kind of sillness that Obama woman trying to orove? Bumping hands or whatever....I thought she was educated at Harvard, why is she acting like...................

    July 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  14. Christian, Tampa FL

    Oh for the love of Pete! This is not news! I want my twenty seconds back.

    July 1, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Olivia

    Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter – What exactly is your vote based on? Because if you were voting on the issues, the things that matter, you'd never be swinging across the endless ideological divide from Clinton to McCain.

    July 1, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  16. Jim Woods

    So now that he has the democrats in the bag, how republican will Obama try to portray himself as being? Will he start going to a Baptist church? Will he have his photo taken hunting (hopefully with the gun pointed away from him). Will be frown at an abortion clinic?

    So who is Barack Obama? Whoever he needs to be to get 50% of the vote plus one, I'll bet.

    So what kind of "new politician" is he supposed to be? Looks like the same old kind to me except that it seems he never stops campaigning for higher office long enough to do anything in the office he's just been elected into.

    July 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Mike in NYC

    Gary of El Centro, Ca wrote:

    "It's a pretty widely accepted and practiced custom already...."

    One month does not a "custom" make. Time to ditch that ghetto crap.

    Michelle looks at home doing it, but not BO, and he knows it.

    July 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Josh

    hmm.. way to go, cnn. maybe report the news next time?

    July 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. William, from Cali!

    "Fist bumping" is not something new; it's something that is original; to the "Black experience" and the "Hood". It's not something, that's derogatory; in nature. It's a formal gesture among friends, that's all........nothing, to be afraid of America!

    July 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. jason

    hahahahaha stupid news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. cpf


    Howie Mandel is a mysophobe (fear of germs). He refuses to shake hands so he does the fist bump instead.

    July 1, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  22. Cck in Washington State

    To Clinton, no wait, McCain

    Hopefully, if you were a strong Clinton supporter, you will eventually be able to get over your anger, sadness, frustration, and listen to Hillary and look into the issues. If you supported Hillary for her stand on issues, you can't seriously support McCain. If nothing else, honor Hillary by supporting the candidate she supports, despite the tremendous disappointment.

    July 1, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. Tashibelle

    That poor kid. He was probably really disappointed that Obama refused to bump fists with him.

    July 1, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Kiki

    He throws the First Bump under the bus!!LMAO!!

    July 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. CT voter

    Clinton/Mccain supporter, why don't you stop being brainwashed by Hannity and stop acting like you were ever a democrat in the first place, we all see right through you, cut the BS already!

    July 1, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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