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Wednesday, June 4, 2008


posted by on June 4 at 14:45 PM

Via Slate, an amazing collection of media attempts at describing the primetime fist bumping that Barack and Michelle Obama did before his big speech last night:

“Taking a fist-pound from wife Michelle, Obama stepped to the podium Tuesday”—

“Michelle Obama (L) gives her husband, Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Barack Obama, a knuckle-bump as a sign of support before he speaks to supporters.”—Monsters and Critics

“At 09:09:27 Central Time, Michelle Obama gave Barack Obama a pound in St. Paul, Minnesota.”—Lola New York

“I never realized how romantic and respectful and mutually appreciative and loving a frat-tastic fist bump could be. Could it be the new peck-on-the-cheek?”—The Frisky

“… Obama, who was joined on stage by his wife Michelle, with whom he shared a celebratory fist-bump.”—Reuters

“Obama, began with a loving fist to fist thumbs up with Michelle.”—Capitol Hill Blue

“Michelle is not as ‘refined’ as Obama at hiding her TRUE feelings about America—etc. Her ‘Hezbollah’ style fist-jabbing …”—Human Events

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did you mean dabs?

Posted by wisepunk | June 4, 2008 2:46 PM

Those were "bloody knuckles." And they're a nice couple.

Posted by superyeadon | June 4, 2008 2:50 PM

Aw...that was kind of cute.

Posted by Robin Sparkles | June 4, 2008 2:51 PM

"Hezbollah style fist-jabbing" ?

WTF? I'd laugh if I didn't think they were serious...

Posted by Hernandez | June 4, 2008 2:52 PM

Watching those two before the speech you can tell they are still fucking like rabbits and loving every second of it.

But I could not get over how damn glamorous they both looked. Camelot's back and this time it's black!

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | June 4, 2008 2:56 PM

she gave him props. that's great.

Posted by sepiolida | June 4, 2008 3:00 PM

#5, yep, it should be a relief to have a president that's still getting laid.

Posted by w7ngman | June 4, 2008 3:05 PM

@4 Does it matter if they're serious? That shit is funny. Consider it a new part of my vernacular.

Posted by heywhatsit | June 4, 2008 3:05 PM

Man, I can't wait to have them in the White House.

That's awesome.

Posted by Justin | June 4, 2008 3:07 PM

@ 4 i dont think theyre serious. Hezbollah will have u beheaded if u give them old school high fives.

anyway, for the record, they look like a loving couple who actually like each other, and mrs obama looks and presents herself like a class act.

Posted by SeMe | June 4, 2008 3:07 PM

there's nothing like a good ponding and michelle is the new jakie

Posted by linus | June 4, 2008 3:08 PM

I can here O'Reily now. "The Obamas were flashing gang signs."

Posted by elswinger | June 4, 2008 3:09 PM

Seriously, how f'ing old are those Human Events people?

Posted by Mike of Renton | June 4, 2008 3:10 PM


Maybe they were placing their orders for some MF'ing iced tea

Posted by Shawn Fassett | June 4, 2008 3:14 PM

@5 is right.

My guess is the McSame and Clinton peeps are too old to know what that is (fist knocking) and are probably using their rotary dial phones to ask each other "what was that"?

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 4, 2008 3:15 PM

Hezbollah style fist-jabbing followed by a Jihadist-esque thumbs up?? sorry...

Posted by Porkchop Sandwiches! | June 4, 2008 3:34 PM

Forgive me, I'm a middle-aged white gentleman who seldom leaves Seattle, and then usually only to Iowa. I haven't known anyone who spoke jive since Barbara Billingsley and I had that fall-out over John Davidson. Is "fist knocking" like "knocking da boots"?

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | June 4, 2008 3:42 PM

I'm as white as a white ghost at a white sale and I regularly bump knuckles with my 3 yr old godson. does that mean we're planning the demise of the Great Satan?

Posted by wbrproductions | June 4, 2008 3:44 PM

I think he gave her a little slap on the ass too. Sexist!

Posted by Jimmy Legs | June 4, 2008 3:46 PM

Next you should talk about things like how he didn't refer to September 11th even ONCE! And he thanked his ~brothers~ and ~sisters~ in the opening.

Posted by Non | June 4, 2008 3:49 PM

Who can blame him? I'd pound Michelle every chance I got.

Posted by i enjoy a good pounding, i mean fisting, i mean pounding.. aww man.. | June 4, 2008 3:49 PM

OT: ABCNews is reporting that Hillary is dropping out on Friday.

Posted by tsm | June 4, 2008 3:53 PM

omg guys, Barry&Mimi are too cute for words.

Posted by rachael f. | June 4, 2008 3:55 PM

@18: 'fraid so. The fact that neither you nor your three year old are aware of it just shows how deeply you've been programmed.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | June 4, 2008 3:57 PM

#24 - sweet. I'm sending that little bastard to flight school, post haste.

Posted by wbrproductions | June 4, 2008 4:00 PM

Wait, I thought that meant one of them was supposed to turn into an eagle, and the other one into a waterfall or something.

Posted by COMTE | June 4, 2008 4:28 PM

Germ-transmission avoidance! And pandering to youth culture!
"But it turns out the youth-oriented greeting - called the dap - could be a healthy alternative to the handshake during cold and flu season."

Posted by RL | June 4, 2008 4:41 PM

I am still all teary over Obama being the nominee and he goes and does this? It says so much about them as a couple-they are partners who respect each other.

It is going to be so great to have them in the White House! Just think what she'll give him when there is peace in the mid-east!

Posted by AK Rob | June 4, 2008 4:48 PM

At least I got it Comte! :D

Posted by elswinger | June 4, 2008 5:17 PM

Just as with JFK's wife, you know that half of the straight men in America want to be knocking boots with our Future First Lady ...

If you don't believe me, ask your (old) dad or grandpa.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 4, 2008 5:23 PM

They were probably laughing their ass off in succeeded conning the Dems to nominate Odrama.

Posted by Odrama | June 4, 2008 5:23 PM

The fist bump I'm waiting for is the one between Obama and Hillary.

Posted by cressona | June 4, 2008 5:26 PM

@31 - why haven't you enlisted in the First Neocon Iran Invasion Brigade yet? Your fuhrer is calling ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 4, 2008 5:26 PM

Fisting? What kind of perverts are these people?

Posted by Fnarf | June 4, 2008 5:27 PM

I'm a fag and I love me some skinny cute blk guy like Obama. I get all hard imagining him in his sexy voice saying "suck my c ock whitey".

Posted by lulu | June 4, 2008 5:28 PM

#31 - No they conned the super (stupid) delegates into nominating him.

Posted by devon | June 4, 2008 5:29 PM

You fucking dorks are tag-teaming now? So SMART of you.

Posted by Fnarf | June 4, 2008 6:09 PM

It's two plots east of the "Flip Wilson bump"

Posted by Florida | June 4, 2008 7:05 PM

Believe me, Michelle and Barack call it "daps"

For those of you not up on certain Urban words like daps.. is great for explaining. Especially if some of you have kids, and you have no idea what they're saying. You can go look up their phrases or words..

From the Urban Dictionary:

To knock fist together as a form of greeting,

Posted by Christa | June 5, 2008 12:59 AM

True dap! And from a presidential nominee, no less...a little untraditional, but definitely appropriate and on target with his campaign strategy. What's more, if you saw it live you could see Obama's wife mouth the saying, "Let's rock them." (or something to that effect)

When you think about it though, it's a shame that dean had to suffer from conservative media commentary after showing his excitement, but now it's okay to bring a little street credit into the mix? Have we come that far in 4 years? Or is the media just considering the subject? Hmmmm

Posted by kls10 | June 5, 2008 7:47 AM

Anyone past the age of 30 who daps is CHEESY! Doesnt matter what race they are.

Posted by mullify my love | June 5, 2008 8:53 AM

I don't know what a "dap" is. That's the Wonder-Twins activation signal. My dorky husband and I do it all the time. I did'nt know Hezbollah had co-opted it.

Posted by Mary F | June 5, 2008 10:13 AM

Here's we go, when the obama gets his first presidential visit from he stick out his hand and say "give me some skin brotha". In Cali where I'm from that "IS" a gang greeting. I know what I'm talking about since I'm in a gangsta rap group DARKROOM FAMILIA. OReilly wouldn't be making it up. Check out my site for some real "Gs". PEACE.

Posted by DemsWereAllKKKBackInTheDay | June 5, 2008 4:53 PM

White folks please... go Star bucks and get an expensive coffee.

It is a black thing - and you will NEVER get it.

Posted by rlp-politcal | June 5, 2008 5:42 PM
Posted by dee | June 6, 2008 6:28 AM

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