Barack Obama may be the coolest living ex-president, but Jimmy Carter is without a doubt the nicest. Need proof? The man makes a habit of shaking the hands of every fellow passenger on just about every flight he boards.
It happened again on a Delta flight from Washington, D.C., to Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday. The moment was captured by passenger James Parker Sheffield, who recorded Carter’s glad handing on his cell phone.
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“It’s hard to put into words what a nice reprieve from the current political theater this moment was,” Sheffield told WSB-TV Atlanta in an interview, adding, “His enthusiasm was authentic and humble, in a way that made things feel less heavy for a moment.”
Jimmy Carter has apparently done this for quite a while. Even comic Hannibal Burress has encountered the famed Carter plane handshake and recounted it on Conan back in 2014, while making an excellent point about hand sanitizer.