‘A black president, yay’: 106-year-old finally meets the Obamas, dances like a schoolgirl (VIDEO)


‘A black president, yay’: 106-year-old finally meets the Obamas, dances like a schoolgirl (VIDEO)

pWASHINGTON — Virginia McLaurin’s life isn’t easy. Last winter, she battled bedbugs in her Washington, D.C., apartment. This year, mega-snowstorm “Snowzilla” trapped her inside for several days./ppShe also happens to be almost 107 years old./ppNone of that mattered last week, however, when the centenarian stepped — nay, scampered — into the Oval Office to meet President Obama and the first lady./ppWith the leader of the free world in one hand and Michelle Obama in the other, McLaurin danced with sheer and utter joy, a href=”https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse/videos/10154121494004238/”shaking her hips/a like a 16-year-old and flashing a smile as bright as the camera flashes going off all around her./pp“She’s 106?” the president asked incredulously./pp“No, you are not,” scoffed the first lady, before adding: “I want to be like you when I grow up.”/ppThe uplifting moment was also heavy with history, however. After her super-senior shuffle, McLaurin suddenly got serious./pp“I thought I would never live to get in the White House,” said McLaurin, who was born in 1909 in South Carolina, worked as a seamstress for most of her life and has been a widow for more than 70 years./ppBut her amazement went beyond merely making it inside the hallowed building. She was particularly bowled over to be meeting America’s first African American president./pp“I tell you, I am so happy,” she said, looking up at Obama before turning to the first lady. “A black president, yay, and his black wife.”/ppMcLaurin said she was there to celebrate Black History Month./ppA video of the moving encounter was uploaded to the White House’s Facebook page on Sunday evening and immediately went viral — with nearly 9 million views, roughly 282,000 likes and roughly 223,000 shares in less than 5 hours./ppCommenters marveled at all that McLaurin had seen in her 106 years, and all that she and her country had endured during that time./pp“She lived to see two World Wars, the height of racial segregation and finally an elected black president,” wrote Alexandre Meister, before adding a parenthetical “hugs from Brazil.”/ppAnd when one commenter said those praising the video were “sick,” she was quickly overwhelmed by supporters./pp“That woman saw children hanging from trees because of their color, so to see President Obama is a thrill,” replied one woman. “If you don’t get it, it’s ok, but still your tongue until you do.”/ppThe Oval Office dance party was the culmination of more than a year of social media campaigns./ppIn December 2014, McLaurin submitted a petition to the White House asking to meet with the president./pp“I’ve never met a President,” she wrote. “I didn’t think I would live to see a Colored President because I was born in the South and didn’t think it would happen. I am so happy and I would love to meet you and your family if I could./pp“I remember the times before President Hoover. I remember when we didn’t have any electricity. I had a kerosene lamp. I remember the first car model Ford,” she said. “My husband was in the Army. I lost my husband in 1941. I’ve been in DC ever since. I was living here when Martin Luther King was killed./pp“I know you are a busy man, but I wish I could meet you,” she concluded, offering to “come to your house to make things easier.”/ppAnd that’s just what she did one day last week after the Obamas apparently responded to her letter./ppMcLaurin cackled with glee as soon as she caught sight of the president./pp“Hi,” she said. “It’s an honor. It’s an honor.”/pp“Slow down now, don’t go too quick,” Obama joked as McLaurin shuffled across the room to meet Michelle Obama./pp“She’s dancing,” Obama said with a laugh. “So what’s the secret to still dancing at 106?”/ppInstead of answering, McLaurin simply showed off her moves, earning laughter and squeals of delight from the Obamas./ppThe memorable moment was not out of character for McLaurin./pp“She has a flirtatious spirit and is a pure joy to be around,” said Savetria Francis, the principal of a D.C. school where McLaurin volunteers, in a 2012 interview with the Afro-American newspaper. “For those of us who complain about commuting to work, neither rain, sleet, snow nor heat keeps Grandma Virginia from reporting to work.”/pp“One of my secrets for longevity is reading the Bible and praying daily, loving Jesus Christ, and my fellow man,” McLaurin said in 2014. “There’s no one that I don’t like; I love everybody.”/ppA video on Facebook shows McLaurin playing with children, touching a tarantula and blowing out birthday candles with a boy nearly a century younger than she./ppThe last time McLaurin was in the news, however, it was a less joyous occasion. She was featured in a December 2014 report on bedbugs in her apartment building./pp“They was in my couch, they was in my bedroom, so, that’s why I don’t have no furniture,” she told ABC7./ppLast week, however, McLaurin strolled across the Oval Office’s plush carpet and posed in front of priceless presidential portraits./ppThen she danced like she had been waiting a century to do it./pp“You have just made our day, you know that?” Michelle Obama said. “That energy, man.”/pp“You made my day,” McLaurin answered./ppTo see video of McLaurin at the White House, visit a href=”https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse/videos/10154121494004238/”https://www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse/videos/10154121494004238//a./p
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‘A black president, yay’: 106-year-old finally meets the Obamas, dances like a schoolgirl (VIDEO)

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