‘I could just die happy’ – Overjoyed 106-year-old woman dances with the Obamas

At 106 years old, she’s seen more than a dozen presidents come and go, but Virginia McLaurin says she can finally die happy after meeting President Barack Obama.

Video of the centenarian shaking her groove with the president and his wife quickly went viral on the Internet after last week’s Black History Month reception at the White House.

The grandmother told The Associated Press that when she saw the president and first lady Michelle Obama in the flesh, ‘I was so happy, I started dancing.’

‘I’ve come a long ways, a long ways,’ McLaurin said in an interview outside her Washington home. ‘I just didn’t think I’d ever live to go this far in the world.’

When Virginia McLaurin first saw President Obama in the White House (pictured) she yelled 'Hi!' to him as he came over and took her hands

For McLaurin, who said she was born in South Carolina in 1909, the White House invitation was a long time in the making.

It’s been more than a year since she started a White House petition asking to meet the president -and offering to come to his house to make it easier.

‘I didn’t think I’d ever live to see a colored president,’ McLaurin, who is black, said in a YouTube video accompanying the petition.

Her petition didn’t garner enough signatures to meet the White House threshold for an official response, but it didn’t keep her from securing an invitation to Thursday’s reception, where Obama reflected on the legacy of U.S. slavery and called America ‘a constant work in progress.’

Dressed in a teal blue suit with matching nail polish, McLaurin nabbed a few moments of one-on-one time with the president and Mrs Obama during a photo line for the reception’s guests, where a White House videographer captured shaky video of her jumping up and down with excitement.

She told WJLA that she didn’t have anything new to wear to meet the president, so she decided to sport a suit she wore on her birthday.

Independent news organizations weren’t allowed to see or record what the White House described as a private moment.

‘I know he said something, but I don’t remember,’ McLaurin said of Obama. ‘My hearing is kind of bad.’

The meeting turned McLaurin, who said she’s lived in Washington since the 1930s, into something of an overnight celebrity.

She said her phone had been ringing since 5am Monday, depriving her of a chance to eat breakfast or lunch.

So what’s next for a woman who said her dream has been fulfilled?

‘I don’t know,’ McLaurin said. ‘I could just die happy.’

Virginia told President Obama that she was so happy she got to see a black man become president 

According to NBC Washington, in 2012 she was honored with a volunteer community service award from Mayor Vincent Gray.

McLaurin spent 40 hours per week for the past 20 years volunteering with students who have severe mental and physical disabilities at the Melvin Sharpe Health School.

‘I love the kids,’ she told WJLA. ‘You ought to hear them in the morning when I come in and they say, ‘Grandma! Grandma!’ and I say, ‘I’m here, I’m here.”

At the time of receiving her award, she said that she had one wish, and that was to meet President Obama.

Source: The DailyMail

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