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July 05, 2005

Good morning, Mr. President

I was chatting pleasantries with my seatmate when we looked up and saw a familiar face...Jimmy Carter?!? The former President, flanked fore and aft by Secret Service agents wearing their tell-tale earpieces, walked down the aisle, saying hello and shaking every person's hand. He was dressed very simply, in a subtle plaid button-down with khakis.

After registering that it was indeed Jimmy Carter, apparently sharing our flight to Salt Lake City, I thought "Oh good, this flight isn't going to crash." Not with a living former president on board.

I heard a child whisper to his mother, "You mean he was a real President?" Yes, kiddo, he was my President when I was younger than you.

I sat up straight and smiled brightly as Jimmy Carter and I shook hands. His hand was soft and papery - the skin of an elderly man - but his handshake was firm as we made eye contact and wished each other good morning.

A real President. I feel humble and privileged to meet such a great man.

Yours, &c., LC | 10:34 PM | Travel | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

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Wah. Prodigious.

[but why did he shake hands with every passenger? and what made him go through economy and business when 1st have boarding all for themselves? oh...it was a 2-rows small plane, then?]

Posted by: mademoiselle a. at July 6, 2005 01:55 PM

Jimmy Carter came to Dad's Garage to see a play about 2 years ago. He was gracious and kind, making time for everyone who wanted to speak to him.

I would expect he shook every passenger's hand because every passenger's hand wanted to be shook, and President Carter is always one to oblige a hand shaking. A real president indeed.

Posted by: clunky robot at July 6, 2005 04:22 PM

Oh WOW!!! I am properly impressed!!! I've always thought that President Carter was a class act. I would have happily shaken his hand!!

Posted by: Teresa at July 6, 2005 04:54 PM

you lucky doll! the only politician that i've shared a plane with (that i know of) was newt. blech. the plane was late taking off, the air conditioner was broken, my suitcase was the last to come out at baggage claim and when i got home, my toilet broke! i blamed it all on newt!

Posted by: marco at July 12, 2005 04:22 PM

Very cool. I was too young to remember Jimmy Carter the president, but I have a great deal of respect for everything he's done since.

Posted by: Tiffany at July 13, 2005 03:00 PM