At the grand age of 106, Virginia McLaurin has fulfilled her dream of meeting President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Virginia, who grew up in the segregation era, literally jumped for joy as she was welcomed into the White House.
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"Hi!" the centenarian cried out as she struggled to contain her excitement, holding out her hands to the politician.
Returning her elated greeting, Barack said: "You want to say hi to Michelle?"
"YES!" said Virginia as she hurried towards the First Lady.
"Slow down now, don't go too quick," laughed Barack.
Michelle looked just as thrilled to meet their guest of honour, who was invited to the White House as part of Black History Month. "I wanna be like you when I grow up," said Michelle, 52.
"What's the secret to still dancing at 106?" asked Barack, busting a few moves alongside Virginia and his wife.
"I thought I would never live to get in the White House," admitted the charismatic woman. "And I tell you, I am so happy. A black president and a black wife – and I'm here to celebrate black history. Yeah that's what I'm here for."
"You have just made our day. You know that?" said Michelle. "That energy, man."
"Well you made my day," said Virginia.
What's the secret to still dancing at 106? Watch 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin fulfill her dream of visiting the White House and meeting President Obama. #BlackHistoryMonth
Posted by The White House on Sunday, 21 February 2016
A video of their meeting was captured on film and posted on the White House's official Facebook page on Monday. In less than 10 hours, the clip scored more than 19 million views, with fans praising Virginia and the Obamas.
"While I have been so proud to have a black President, I am even MORE proud to have Barack Obama as my President," wrote one Facebook user, while another commented, "Simply beautiful to be that old and still have that much energy."