Pounds

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June 4 2008 9:36 AM

Pounds

The presidential campaign—well, one in particular—has introduced a new greeting to the political world: the fist pound (also known as dap ). Last night, we saw perhaps the most high-profile pound of all time, as Michelle and Barack Obama bumped fists on national television before he took the stage. (Video here .)

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What’s hilarious is watching the formal, AP Stylebook -loving media trying to figure out what to call it. In an article about Obama’s body man Reggie Love, the New York Times called Love’s preferred greeting a " closed-fisted high-five ." Last night produced other assorted references:

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"Taking a fist-pound from wife Michelle, Obama stepped to the podium Tuesday"— MTV.com

"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 ..."— Commenter, Human Events*

"I loved that moment, when they touched their hands together like that ." --Commenter, bjkeefe

*Correction, June 10 2:40 p.m.: This article originally linked to Human Events without specifying that it was a commenter who made the " 'Hezbollah' style fist-jabbing" remark, not the columnist Cal Thomas, whose article was linked.

Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.