White Reporter Didn’t Miss a Beat During Handshake with Black Interviewee. Progess is Happening.

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Finally, after years of having to watch politicians and celebrities give each other truly awful, uncomfortable handshakes, we can breathe a collective sigh of relief. This week, a reporter delivering news on Hurricane Harvey and a helpful civilian shared an on-air handshake that made us seriously proud.

Social interactions can be hard, and for those who are painfully awkward, meeting someone new can often turn into a nerve-wracking situation. Should I hug them? What do I do if they try to fist bump me? Should I fist bump them first? There are just so many things that can go wrong, and it’s hard to shake a bad first impression.

Add the pressure of being filmed to an awkward introduction and the results are almost always terrible. And yes, we do say almost, because we are about to show you the first time in history a non-horrible handshake has been captured on film for your viewing pleasure.

Trust us, it’s so good.

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We all remember this beauty between Kanye West and John Mayer, right? We’re pretty sure John’s career has still not recovered from this. We’re still cringing.

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But also far from the worst. They get flat-out abysmal. Making matters worse, they’re all caught on camera.

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I don’t think Michael Strahan did anything to your hand worthy of your disgust, Mel. Don’t be rude.

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He literally fist bumped every American Idol contestant so you know he hates touching sweaty palms with people.

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It can’t be coached. It’s just something that you have to know how to do. You’ll see how tricky it can be in the next cringe-y instance.

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Whenever you’re ever having a bad day, just remind yourself that at least you’ve never tried to high five a blind guy. Unless you happen to be Ryan Seacrest, of course.

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Sometimes, you have to be reminded to “Just Do It.” Ask Shia if there’s any confusion.

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Not even the dreamy Justin Trudeau can pull off this rat’s nest of awkwardly reaching arms. Just do one at a time, guys. But it wasn’t even close to as cringey as this next one…

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Don’t prepare for a third when your hands are clearly full with just two people in the mix. It will get…awkward.

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…yet you can’t look away. Yet you must keep going, because they only get worse…until they get better.

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But the next video will completely restore your faith in humanity. Well, in regards to handshakes, anyway.

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The effortlessness, the confidence… It really is a thing of beauty.

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Can we give him an MVP? Let’s give him an MVP!

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Hundreds of Twitter users commented on the awe-inspiring clip.

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If only we could all be as graceful and cool as that reporter. But it turns out there was another incredibly on-screen handshake we missed. A handshake from someone you might not associate with the words “cool” or “smooth”…

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Nice, Bernie! Maybe there is hope for the horrendously awkward among us yet.

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How many voters do you think that swung? I would guess hundreds of thousands.

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Sometimes, even good ones are bad, as you’ll see here.

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Will they or won’t they? It’s like Ross and Rachel, only less compelling and romantic.

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They can’t all be winners, as these videos prove. But they can still be pretty sweet, and when that happens, you’re on top of the world.

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