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Virginia McLaurin, 106, Gets Happy Feet Meeting the Obamas

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 Feb 2016 06:29 AM

Virginia McLaurin, born in South Carolina in 1909, was so overjoyed to meet the first black president on her trip to the White House this week that she couldn't help but dance.

"I thought I would never live to get in the White House, and I tell you I am so happy," McLaurin told Barack and Michelle Obama on Sunday, People magazine reported.

"A black president and a black wife. And I'm here to celebrate black history."

McLaurin, 106, recorded a video message to President Obama in December of 2014 expressing her long-held desire to visit 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

"I would love to meet the president ... I didn't think I'd ever live to see a colored president. I am so happy, I pray for you every day of my life," she said in the message.

McLaurin expressed much the same on Sunday when she met the First Couple, who had invited her to one of the White House's events celebrating Black History Month.

"You have just made our day," Michelle Obama told McLaurin upon meeting.

"Well, you've made my day!" McLaurin exclaimed in response.

During the meet-and-greet, the trio posed for a photo op, McLaurin showed off her manicure, shook her cane, and everyone danced hand in hand.

"I wanna be like you when I grow up," Michelle told McLaurin.

"You can," she responded.

As Jezebel.com pointed out, McLaurin was born a decade before the nation's first anti-lynching laws were passed, and lived through both desegregation and the Civil Rights Era. She has lived in Washington D.C. since the 1940s.



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