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As the self-described “grandson of a slave” shaking hands with the President of the United States, Lester Townsend reveled in a touching moment as he came face-to-face with President Barack Obama.

The 108-year-old South Bend, Indiana man never met a sitting president until Obama visited the state on June 1. Their meeting visually manifests history.

“So how come you look so good? What’s your secret? What are you eating?” the president asks in disbelief.

“Whatever they bring me,” Townsend quips back. “I never thought I’d live to see this.”

“I’m just going to try and make sure I look half as good as you when I’m 100, much less, 108!” Obama said.

We all can only hope to be that spry when we’re that age.

SOURCES: The White House, ABC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter, Getty


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