WBEZ | obama fist bump http://www.wbez.org/tags/obama-fist-bump Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sen. Kirk talks guns, health - and the presidential fist bump http://www.wbez.org/news/sen-kirk-talks-guns-health-and-presidential-fist-bump-105516 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/kirk_fist_bump.png" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F79124427" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A day after President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to bring new gun control legislation up for a vote in Congress, Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he&rsquo;s cautiously optimistic about gun control measures he&rsquo;s pushing in the Senate.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m trying to be very Midwestern about this &ndash; you know, practical changes that can actually change laws, that can actually save lives,&rdquo; Kirk said in an interview with WBEZ Wednesday.</p><p>Tuesday night&rsquo;s State of the Union was Kirk&rsquo;s first since returning to work last month, after having suffered a massive stroke that kept him off Capitol Hill for nearly a year. He&rsquo;s now one of a handful of senators negotiating new gun control legislation, following the mass shooting at Newtown, Conn. in December.&nbsp;</p><p>For now, Kirk said the focus is on expanding background checks for would-be gun owners, rather than an all-out ban on military-style firearms that many gun rights advocates oppose.</p><p>&ldquo;I will tell you the assault weapon ban is the harder lift,&rdquo; Kirk said, adding later: &ldquo;And so what I think &ndash; the one that is most likely is background checks that we could probably get through the Congress this time.&rdquo;</p><p>The senator also met Wednesday with the parents of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old Chicago girl whose shooting death has thrust Chicago gun violence into the national spotlight. Pendleton&rsquo;s parents were guests of First Lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday&rsquo;s speech, and the president invoked her murder to push for tougher gun control laws.</p><p>On Wednesday, Kirk said he received permission from Pendleton&rsquo;s parents to name an anti-gun trafficking bill after their daughter, prompting Kirk to dub Hadiya Pendleton &ldquo;our silver-lining child.&rdquo;</p><p>At the same time, Kirk said he does not want to &ldquo;over-promise&rdquo; on what might be included in a final gun control package, given fierce opposition from some fellow Republicans, and a tough fight in the GOP-led House of Representatives.</p><p>On a lighter note, Kirk also reflected on the &ldquo;<a href="http://gawker.com/5983860/this-gif-of-obamas-exploding-fist-bump-is-the-state-of-the-union-highlight" target="_blank">exploding fist bump</a>&rdquo; he shared with Obama as he entered House chamber, minutes before giving the State of the Union. (See video below.)</p><p>That goodwill hand gesture &ndash; in which both parties bump their closed fists together, then splay their fingers open to &ldquo;blow it up&rdquo; &ndash; has since spawned a popular internet meme, in which the president seems to be mouthing the word &ldquo;boom&rdquo; upon impact.</p><p>&ldquo;I thought to myself, &lsquo;Here I got a chance to do the famous Obama fist-bump, with the guy who has &hellip; made it ubiquitous across the country,&rsquo;&rdquo; Kirk told WBEZ.</p><p>&ldquo;And I was very pleased when some press outlets said, &lsquo;Best Fist-Bump Ever,&rsquo;&rdquo; Kirk said, adding, &ldquo;These are small things that add up to the bipartisan cooperation necessary to keep this place running.&rdquo;</p><h2><strong>The fist bump (via WashingtonPost.com)</strong></h2><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="399" scrolling="no" src="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/video/videoEmbed.html?uuid=617759fa-7579-11e2-95e4-6148e45d7adb&amp;noheadline=0" width="610"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/sen-kirk-talks-guns-health-and-presidential-fist-bump-105516