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Ex-president and nice man Jimmy Carter shakes every damn hand on an airplane

Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images
Photo: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Ex-presidents normally get a sort of hazy glow of mass public acceptance—just look at the ongoing transformation of war criminal George W. Bush into a sweetly incompetent painter having trouble with a rain slicker. And yet despite this post-office depoliticization, Jimmy Carter has made a name for himself as a genuinely humble, genial man, devoting himself to charity work, international diplomacy, and human rights issues.

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Even so, it’s sort of shocking to see this recent footage of him methodically shaking hands with every single passenger on a commercial flight:

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It is not hard to draw a comparison between Carter and our current president, for whom humility is an inconceivable notion, nor, indeed, the billionaire-friendly post-presidential lifestyles of the Clintons and the Obamas. One man’s kite-surfing with Richard Branson is another man’s humble life on a peanut farm, perhaps.

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