106-Year-Old Woman Meets Barack and Michelle Obama, Kicks Off a White House Dance Party

Virginia McLaurin started a social media campaign to help her get to the White House back in 2014.

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Virginia McLaurin, born in South Carolina in 1909, has lived through nearly 20 different presidents during her 106 years on Earth. However, it wasn't until 2016 that she was graciously invited to the White House to meet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. "I thought I would never live to get in the White House," McLaurin told the Obamas during their meeting this weekend, as captured in the contagiously joyful clip above. "I tell you, I am so happy!"


"I want to be like you when I grow up," a clearly delighted Michelle tells McLaurin, who was visiting the White House in celebration of Black History Month. "You can!" McLaurin responds with a smile. However, in an awesome turn of events, McLaurin also came to the White House prepared to initiate an impromptu dance party with the Obamas.

McLaurin started a social media campaign to get to the White House back in 2014, CNN notes. "I am so happy," McLaurin, who moved from South Carolina to Washington D.C. in 1941, said then of Obama's historic presidency. "I pray for you every day of my life."

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Keep dancing, Virginia McLaurin. You're an inspiration!

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