The Changing Obama Refuses to Fist Bump A Young Supporter

[UPDATE!!] The headline and initial story below are inaccurate. There is another accurate update below

At the same event in Zanesville, Ohio where Senator Obama called for an increase in funding for ‘faith-based initiatives’, he also refused to fist bump a young supporter when that boy stuck his fist out for recognition.

CNN reports:

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.

Comment: [removed as the substance of the report has changed making the comment unnecessary]

UPDATE (from Pamela 6:30 pm, pst): ABC News’ Sunlen Miller gives us a better look at what transpired with the reported fist bump snub… Obama Fist Bump Refusal? Not So Fast…

Click HERE to watch the video.

Here is the actual exchange based on a review of ABC’s video:

Child: Can you sign my hand?

Obama: If I start that…plus Mom might not be happy when she comes home. She’ll be like, ‘what is the dirt on your hand?’…see ya.

Child: Can you sign it in pen so it will come off?

The child rose his hand in a fist to get Obama’s attention as he asked for a signature – perhaps prompting the fist bump portrayal.

Obama instead signed the autographs for the children in crayon on drawings they were working on during class.

H/T to Jessica in the comments for the link.

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5 Responses to The Changing Obama Refuses to Fist Bump A Young Supporter

  1. coldH2Owi says:

    This is wrong. You need to update this post, it’s false. Just trying to help.

  2. coldH2Owi

    Got a link?

  3. Jessica says:

    Not Cold, but from the same neck of the woods. Here’s the link:

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/07/obama-fist-bump.html

  4. Thanks Jessica — I have taken the liberty of updating Stuart’s post to include that link, the link to the video and the brief transcript of what was said.

  5. My thanks too. I’m always concerned about sources being correct or not. If anyone has a different source I certainly want to hear about it.

    I’ve updated it again to make it clear to everyone that the initial article was inaccurate. I’m not deleting it as it’s already online and in the blogsphere.