Time’s Mark Halperin noticed a sad little tidbit in today’s Obama press-pool report from the candidate’s Eastside Community Ministry tour in Chicago. After visiting and joking around with a group of kids, this is what happened:
He then came back to the room where the children were drawing pictures. Stooping over a table, he autographed a number of drawings. The children were delighted; one girl held her picture to her cheek after Obama signed it.
As he left, a boy tried to give him a fist bump. Obama said no.
“If I start that …” his voice trailed off.
This makes us sad on so many levels.
Obama Declines to Fist Bump [Page/Time]
Update: As many irate commenters have pointed out, Obama did not, in fact, deny a fist bump to a small boy. He just refused to write on the kid’s hand with an indelible marker. We apologize for the error, and promise to take down that pool reporter with a nail gun.