Obama and Robert Gibbs had a ritual after every debate. When Obama came off stage at the end, Gibbs would give him a fist bump to signify that he had done well, not «the terrorist fist jab» of Fox News’s fevered imagination, just a nice tap. After the Nevada and New Hampshire primary debates, where Obama had not done well, there was no bump. But when Obama finished his first debate with John McCain at Ole Miss, Gibbs was so happy that he gave him a two-fisted bump.
«He walked into the debate as a candidate and walked out as a president,» Anita Dunn said later. «The campaign was over right then.»
Jonathan Alter (2010) – The Promise. President Obama, Year One. (s. 34).