Soldier’s Fist Bump with Obama: Trying to Go Viral

Posted July 18, 2013 at 9:23am

Military Times reports that “On May 1, 2012, Sgt. 1st Class Justin Merhoff, was caught on video executing an ‘exploding’ fist bump with President Obama. The president was visiting Afghanistan around the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death, Merhoff was on his second tour of Afghanistan, and the two shared a beautiful, spontaneous moment — one Merhoff wants to share with the world.”

“‘I’m just trying to get that video out there and know that other people would want to see that,’the 33-year-old native of Red Bluff, Calif., told me in a phone interview. He has been in the Army 16 years and had, at the time, volunteered for the deployment from Fort Gordon, Ga.”

“He posted the video to YouTube in January, on Inauguration Day. In recent days, he’s used Twitter in many attempts to get celebrities to retweet it. Among them are Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Silverman, Big Boi, Leann Rimes, Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Seacrest, Sherri Shepherd, and Tom Arnold.”