The White House recently shared the touching moment when Lester Townsend, the 108-year-old grandson of a slave, met President Barack Obama.
The 108-year-old had never met a sitting president before, until June 1, when he met the first black president of America.
"The grandson of a slave shaking hands with the President of the United States," Townsend said as he met the president. "I never thought I'd live to see this."
President Obama shared a lighthearted moment with Townsend, asking him how he has managed to age so well. "I'm just going to try and make sure I look as half as good as you when I'm 100," the president said.
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"I'll tell you, I had to pinch myself to see if it was real," Townsend told WNDU.
"I had a chance to shake his hand and talk with him, if I could have thought of anything to say. Just to talk and shake hands with the President of the United States. I never thought it would happen to me and I just enjoyed it to the highest. It was a blessing. I'll never forget it."
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