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Obama Shuns the Fist-Bump


Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) poses with a group of children in a youth program while touring the East Community Ministry in Zanesville, Ohio, July 1, 2008. (Associated Press)

By Jonathan Weisman
Updated 5:58 p.m.
ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- He just keeps moving to the center.

As Barack Obama toured the Eastside Community Ministry here, the children in for tutoring oohed and ahed, asking for the usual autographs and posing for the cameras.

But as Obama left, a boy tried to give him a fist bump. "If I start that...'' Obama's voice trailed off, and he turned away.

Last month, as he claimed the delegates needed to claim the Democratic nomination in St. Paul, Obama bumped fists with his wife, Michelle. Most commentators were appreciative of the hip couple. But one anchor on Fox News labeled it a "terrorist fist jab" -- before quickly being forced to apologize to the candidate.

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husseinbyo's crap really does stink.....

Posted by: suthrn | July 3, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

this is ridiculous. start reporting some real news.

Posted by: tim | July 3, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

This story has already been debunked. The kid asked Obama to sign his hand, and Obama told him that he didn't want his mom to get mad at him.

WaPo, where's the correction????

Posted by: bob | July 3, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Really? THIS is what we're focusing on, MSM?

Posted by: Really? | July 3, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

To the person who has no idea that the star spangled banner is our national anthem obama also refused to wear a Flag lapel pin until his advisors figured people would make a big deal about it he talks out both sides of his mouth

Posted by: American Patriot | July 3, 2008 1:17 AM | Report abuse

The kid wanted him to sign his hand. How stupid are you people? It had nothing to do with a fist bump. Now tell me the msm isn't against Obama with this lie. They protect McCain and don't call him out on anything and you people don't do your research.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSdQyDnyVt8

Posted by: Melanie | July 2, 2008 10:24 PM | Report abuse

To timothy zenor-davis:

Go to youtube and look up Obama and drugs. It's disgusting. The audience is applauding while Barack uses his rhetorical flair to amuse them with stories of his drug abuse. Hee, Hee - isn't it cool to hear the black man talk about drugs. Is drug use the great common denominator - the unifying experience between races? In the day, we used to look down at people who used drugs. You see, those people didn't amount to anything. Maybe in the rich neighborhoods it was cool; but then again those kids had a daddy who would be called by the police in the middle of the night. Those kids never served time. But I have personally seen what happens to families when an older brother is hauled off to jail. Does this mean that the Justice System is unfair - yea. But that doesn't excuse the individual. His bad choices led to his incarceration. My mom told me, "there will always be bad people doing bad things - stay away from them." Go to youtube, then tell me if you'd think it appropriate for your children to hear this someone wanting to be the chief law enforcement officer in the US.

Posted by: David | July 2, 2008 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr Weisman- Gosh- It appears you were taken in by the pool reporter- or someone pretending to be the pool reporter- or someone who knew you're employer would love it if you could disclaim this story after the fact by saying something really helpful like: Oh, didn't I say I wasn't there and I wasn't [air finger quotes] REALLY [closed air finger quotes] "reporting"- so much as I was, you know...passing on...you know...that thing REAL reporters aren't supposed to do...like make things up...or pass along rumors...or gossip...or unsubstantiated allegations...or unconfirmed crap.

So the deal is simple: the little guy in the video wanted Sen Obama to sign his HAND- & Sen Obama- being a parent [which might I suppose Mr Weisman you have not been?]- said back: If I do that for you I'll have to do it for everyone & someone's mom is going to give them what-for about "what's that on your hand you go wash it off".

When my eldest son was around that age he collected autographs on ...his t-shirt...his ball cap...and one time on his arm... and each time he showed me: Hey Dad! Look at THIS! One time it turned out he and his mom had run into the better part of one side's roster in an nostalgia revival game which was fine because I recognized two of the signatures on his shirt from my own youth- but I didn't recognize the one on his arm and he couldn't remember what the person looked like so he shrugged and went to the bathroom to wash it off. Also- he had no idea what kind of sport the oldies were in town to play.

Kids will do the darnedest things- but I guess some adults will too...right Mr Weisman Ace Reporter Authoritative Source Checking Whizbang Fact Informer?

Posted by: Sylvester Socrates | July 2, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

So are you going to retract this story now? Watch the video before repeating garbage from something you read on a right-wing blog. The kid was asking for an autograph on his hand.

How do you even have a job?

http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=5294981

Posted by: retract it | July 2, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and Obama is a moron and nobody I know is going to vote for him. I hope he can get his job in Illinois back when all this is over.

Posted by: George | July 2, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

The media is completely worthless. Some Joe with a sweaty shirt types his opinion and the paper prints it. Half the world gets pissed off and cancels their subscriptions. News and bias don't mix. But the people running newspapers are morons. The Baltimore Sun isn't fit to line a cat's litter box. Those people need to get real jobs.

Posted by: George | July 2, 2008 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Another lame story from the media. WaPo is becoming a joke of the 21st century

Posted by: Bee | July 2, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

You know what's self-destructive David? It's when people find some sort of pride by proclaiming they are black and go onto attack Obama. Really it's okay that you do not wish to vote for Obama, but please spare us all the over exaggerated glee you seem to get from being a black man assassinating the character of another black man. David you do know the old saying about crabs in a bucket? From one brother from the projects to another, don't be a crab man.

Posted by: timothy zenor-davis | July 2, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Stunning report there WaPo, thanks for keeping America informed on the issues of the day.

Posted by: Lee Ward | July 2, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

C'mon WAPO get with it here. The actual story is that the kid wanted Obama to sign his hand, and Obama didn't want to make the kids mom angry. It had nothing to do with a fist bump. This has been corrected on other sites, not surprised wapo is leaving it as is.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives, your'e a bunch of racist, alarmist idiots and if Obama gets elected, it's all good.

Posted by: Gerald Shields, Seattle, WA | July 2, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

To the ANONYMOUS ALL CAPS BANDIT:

Getting a little bit personal, are we? Actually, I am not white, and I make well over $50k/year, and I did go to college. Unfortunately for you and Obama, I actually grew up in a predominantly black housing project. It was there where I learned that Blacks are just like everyone else - beautiful, ugly, smart, ignorant, racist and open-minded. So, I, unlike liberal elites, don't buy that Blacks hold some kind of special insight into the American experience. I also learned that blacks are held back by their supposed leaders who seemed more intent on being re-elected or fattening their wallets than they do about their constituency. And this has led to the current Black culture of dependency. Talk to a black entrepreneur or small businessman sometime - you'll be enlightened. As for as Black popular culture, namely Hip-Hop, I think it is unredeemable and self-destructive.

So, you tell me - How do you think Barack's interview in which he flaunts his drug use will play to those kids in the picture. Comparing him to GW Bush - well, I don't think that's fair. GW has proven himself to be the worst President in history. And another thing, everyone that disagrees with Barack does not love GW Bush. Wake up ALL CAPS, the reason we go Bush is because we accepted all his propaganda. GW screwed us once, shame on him - you want Obama to screw us for the second time - shame on you! Use your brain, Obama doesn't know you. He's using you. He's learned all those dirty tricks from Rove and Bush and he's applying them. Strip away his marketing and you'll find that he is the "Wizard of Oz" - nothing but smoke and mirrors.

Posted by: David | July 2, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

so this is what passes for journalism, these days...

next up: "McCain Spends more than 2 Minutes on Toilet"...

Posted by: RobSoLF | July 2, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

"Islam is Obama's first true faith. It is the first religion that touched Obama's heart. It is at his core. Talking to Christian leaders is a masquerade. He will bring Islam to the White House when he is president."

Yeah well, stupidity is some people's first true faith and they remain true to it no matter the facts...

Posted by: Jim - Pa | July 2, 2008 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Obama shuns he fist bump because he is conscious about his image. He felt that the fist-bump looks uneducated and is identified with something that gangsters would do and that it's not appropriate. Of course, the Obamas are undergoing an image overhaul because of this election. They're becoming untrue to themselves. They're great at pretending.

Posted by: An Observer | July 2, 2008 4:44 AM | Report abuse

DAVID,STOP HATIN ON BARACK OBAMA.GEORGE BUSH WAS A COKEHEAD AND SOME SAY HE STILL IS.BILL CLINTON ADMITTED TO SMOKIN DA GREENERY AND OUR FIRST FIVE PRESIDENTS WERE SLAVE OWNING CHILD MOLESTING RAPIST WHO WERE ALSO COKEHEADS LIKE BUSH.LOTS OF HISTORIANS SAY LINCOLN WAS HOMOSEXUAL BECUZ OF A LOTTA HOMO-EROTIC POETRY HE LEFT BEHIND.ADD THAT TO THE FACT THAT HE WROTE A VERY CANDID LETTER TO HIS TOP GENERAL SAYING THAT IF HE COULD WIN THE WAR WITHOUT FREEING A SINGLE SLAVE THEN HE WOULD HAVE.

I COULD GO ON-N-ON BUT YOU GET THE POINT.NO U.S. PRESIDENT HAS EVER BEEN PERFECT.YOU WOULD KNOW THAT IF YOU EVER WENT TO COLLEGE OR EVEN PAYED ATTENTION IN SCHOOL.BUT I'M WILLING TO BET THAT YOU DON'T FIT INTO THE COLLEGE,POST COLLEGE CATEGORY.NO OFFENSE TO MY WHITE BROTHERS AND SISTERS,BUT I'M WILLING TO BET,DAVID,THAT YOU ARE A NON COLLEGE EDUCATED WHITE MALE MAKING LESS THAN $50,000 A YEAR.IF I'M CORRECT THAN THAT EXPLAINS EVERYTHING IN TERMS OF THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF AMERICA THAT REFUSE TO VOTE FOR THEIR OWN ECONOMIC INTEREST ELECTION AFTER ELECTION.SO PLEASE DO VOTE REPUBLICAN.BUT NOTICE HOW THEY TALK ABOUT POLICY AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE AND ONLY TRY TO SCARE YOU AND CONVINCE YOU THAT THE OTHER GUY WANTS TO TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY OR THAT HE IS NOT CHRISTIAN OR DOESN'T SHARE YOUR VALUES.YOU ARE SO GULLIBLE.

OH AND BARACK DOES PLACE HIS HAND OVER HIS HEART FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.THAT PICTURE WAS AT AN EVENT WHERE THEY SANG THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER,NOT THE NATIONAL ANTHEM.YOU ARE SO GULLIBLE!!

Posted by: Anonymous | July 2, 2008 2:54 AM | Report abuse

Great photo. How do you think these kids would feel about Obama's history of drug use. Obama just doesn't admit to using illegal street drugs, he flaunts it. It gives this bi-racial candidate who was raised by white grandparents and is an alumni of Harvard - well, it gives him street cred. My kids were disgusted to find out that their idols smoked cigarettes. These little kids are taught the pledge of allegiance, to work hard and respect each other. It's in middle school that we would really have to be concerned with. Can you imagine your 12 year old telling you that Barack used drugs and he became President.

Posted by: David | July 2, 2008 1:24 AM | Report abuse

No self respecting woman should wish for the success of a party that ignores her sex" Susan B. Anthony

Posted by: OP | July 1, 2008 8:14 PM
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Agreed. How on earth, then, could you justify a vote for John McCain? I mean really, explain please.

Posted by: Susan | July 1, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Why is Obama mixing God and government? And why is he copying Bush?

Posted by: David | July 1, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I was reading some old news. Right before the last election in Spain, there was a terrorist attack on the railway system. What will happen if there is a terrorist attack in the US right before the election?

Posted by: Megs | July 1, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama is going to tax my family to death to support the kind of spendings he has been proposing.

Posted by: Mike | July 1, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

For all you Hillary lovers: the party is over stop crying in your white whine...

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | July 1, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Boy Stefanie, do you get out much? This man is so far above your petty comments. Get over it. You will be crazier than most by election day.

Posted by: BeeJay | July 1, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

I SEE THE KOOL_AID DRINKER ARE OUT IN FORCE TODAY..
But this time I have to agree with them this is not NEWs, Who cares about A fist bump. There is plenty of real news

Posted by: real world | July 1, 2008 8:15 PM | Report abuse

visit womenforfairpolitics.com

"No self respecting woman should wish for the success of a party that ignores her sex" Susan B. Anthony

Posted by: OP | July 1, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Obama's "fist bumps" "homey" remarks, playing "JayZ" at his rallies, well, it's just NOT Presidential.

Obama is not qualified and not electable.

Come on Dems, wake up BEFORE the actual nomination takes place in late Denver at the DNC convention. Vote for Hillary, who has won the popular vote, won MORE votes than ANY candidate of ANY party in history. Now, Hillary IS Presidential!

It's Hillary or McCain.

Put your country first and party second.

Posted by: KT | July 1, 2008 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Given that Michelle goes on The View and makes a deal about the fist-bump, then of course it will continue to be a thing. Perhaps Barack should do a bit more counseling of Michelle to stop trying to be so "hip." Most of us are either nerds, "squares," out of "it," don't want to be in "it," or just don't plain care one way or the other....

Posted by: MO | July 1, 2008 8:11 PM | Report abuse

This is news? Oh my God, Washington Post is hurting!

Posted by: Mark | July 1, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Fox news appears as an Obama hater. Any little positive thing Obama does they try to make it a big negative issue. Shame on anyone who get all upset about the hand bunp issue. At least hand bunking will eliminate a lot of germs. Maybe it should be a replacement for hand shaking.

Posted by: lclon | July 1, 2008 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Re: Jonathan

Thanks for the update. That shows us who-he-is: Nothing is consistent.

The "fist-bump" is everybody's casual way of greeting these days. No body buys Fox News' false accusation against Obama.

Why is he so sensitive--about what?


Posted by: peace4world | July 1, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Did somebody hear Fox Noise????

Posted by: AshleyHussein | July 1, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm more concerned with his FISA about turn than his woman hating rap gestures

Posted by: Traivs | July 1, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

This fascination with Obama's hand gestures is really pathetic.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: matt | July 1, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Fox News, is the Terrorist's American Idol.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Don't read too much into this. All he meant was that if he fist-bumps one person, he'll have to fist bump everybody. Then he'd never get out of there and on to the next event.

Trust me, Obama is not avoiding the fist bump. It's become a joke amongst young people about how Fox News is so idiotic and out of touch.

Posted by: Existenz | July 1, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

To: JakeD | July 1, 2008 4:53 PM

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Did Rush cut you off from the drug train!?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Hahahahahahahaha, now Obama is throwing fist-bumps under the bus????

Good lord, if he didn't want to fist-bump the kid, then shake his hand, Barry!!! That's not too hard to do.

Obama introverted, narcissistic personality is showing more and more. Now he's following Bush in melding religion and state with faith-based funding???

The mask is slipping.... and the Kool-Aid is wearing off.

Posted by: stefanie | July 1, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

I like to sit in my bedroom and touch myself, saying in a low voice "Jake HUSSEIN D... Jake HUSSEIN D..." until I reach clarity and remember to say "John SIDNEY McCain."

Then, because I am old and have a number of exotic inhibitions, I must blog constantly on this and other sites before little Jake is ready to come out and play again.

Jake HUSSEIN D...
Jake HUSSEIN D....

Posted by: JakeD | July 1, 2008 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Why do the Fox News Terrorists care if Obama does their secret fist bump or not?

Posted by: Anonymous | July 1, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the dumbest things I have ever read. Go work for Perez Hilton, if this is what you like writing about.

Posted by: Julian | July 1, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

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