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Former President Jimmy Carter shakes hands with every passenger on flight

Atlanta native James Parker Sheffield will never forget: former President Jimmy Carter shaking his hand. (Source: James Parker Sheffield/Twitter) Atlanta native James Parker Sheffield will never forget: former President Jimmy Carter shaking his hand. (Source: James Parker Sheffield/Twitter)
"His enthusiasm was authentic and humble, in a way that made things feel less heavy for a moment," Sheffield said. (Source: James Parker Sheffield/Twitter) "His enthusiasm was authentic and humble, in a way that made things feel less heavy for a moment," Sheffield said. (Source: James Parker Sheffield/Twitter)

ATLANTA (WTVM) – One Atlanta man got to experience something most people never will, shaking hands with a President.

Atlanta native James Parker Sheffield will never forget: former President Jimmy Carter shaking his hand.

"What a pleasure," Sheffield said. "Thank you."

Sheffield was on his way to Washington, D.C. on Friday to participate in Trans Lobby Day, when the former president boarded the flight and shook the hand of every passenger before they took off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

Sheffield told WSB-TV in Atlanta that it was remarkably apparent that the former president has a genuine love for people.

"His enthusiasm was authentic and humble, in a way that made things feel less heavy for a moment," Sheffield said.

Sheffield recorded the moment on his cellphone and posted the video to Twitter, and it has gotten nearly 10,000 retweets and close to 25,000 likes.

Sheffield tells us he thinks we all need some political warm and fuzzies right now and that the moment is a nice reprieve from party politics.

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