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June 11, 2008

Deconstructing the Bump by Jim Rutenberg, NY Times

Frustratingly, I can't find this column from today's The Caucus section anywhere on the NY Times website so here is the best part with my favorite phrase bolded for your pleasure.

In regard to the media not being able to wrap their heads around Michelle and Barack Obama's fist pound and to Fox News' true to form inappropriate comments on the matter, Jim Rutenberg writes,

"The Fox News segment was part of a fist-bump-related media dorkathon that continues, even a full week after the Obamas' onstage moment. Um, people: This is a common gesture, and its use is not limited to democrats with unusual names. In 2001 it was used by Carleton S. Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive - now advising Senator McCain - and Michael D. Capellas, then the Compaq chief executive, to salute the completion of their merger. And in 2006, former President George Bush shared a fist bump with Anna Kournikova at a celebrity tennis event - and he was 82 at the time.


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