DAVENPORT, IA (WQAD/CNN) - A four-year-old from Illinois may have a future in politics after he rubbed elbows with the President.
John and Holly Hennenfent of Galesburg knew their grandson Gage Maska would love the chance to see Air Force One land at the Quad City International Airport.
"We just saw the President get on the helicopters from his big plane," Gage said.
With an aunt who works in the White House, Gage knows quite a bit about the commander-in-chief.
"Just sometimes he is called Obama," he said.
The scene at the airport was the four-year-old's dream: planes, army guys, and even dogs.
But once the plane landed after hours and hours of waiting, Gage's enthusiasm was dwindling.
"It landed, and they got to watch it and was pretty excited. And then he got a little antsy and was like 'ok, we're done, I'm done with this, I'm ready to go...we are going to the zoo next' kind of thing," said Holly Hennenfent, Gage's grandmother.
Finally making his way around the crowd, the President was just feet away when John became worried Gage would miss the opportunity of a lifetime.
"I have Gage on my hip and you see Gage just move back, getting shyer and shyer and the only thought in my mind was he was going to snub the president...I thought, oh, that won't be good," said Gage's grandfather, John.
But luckily, the President said just the right thing.
"How about a high-five, bud?"
Gage calls the moment cool, but the moment doesn't quite top his list.
"Well, it's cooler things, there is cooler things to do like boat riding, or going on the airplane."