108-year-old grandson of a slave meets President Obama

108 Year Old Man, Grandson of Slave, Meets Obama
108 Year Old Man, Grandson of Slave, Meets Obama

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.

"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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