106-year-old Virginia McLaurin fulfilled her dream of visiting the White House and meeting President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. And guess what she did?
With the leader of the free world in one hand and Michelle Obama in the other, McLaurin danced with sheer and utter joy, shaking her hips like a 16-year-old and flashing a smile as bright as the camera flashes going off all around her.
“She’s 106?” the president asked incredulously.
“No, you are not,” scoffed the first lady, before adding: “I want to be like you when I grow up.”
The uplifting moment was also heavy with history, though. After her super-senior shuffle, McLaurin suddenly got serious.
“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.
A 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.