Lonely Planet Writer

106-year-old turns White House visit into dance party

She has lived through two world wars, seen an end to black segregation, and this weekend 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin fulfilled her dream and paid a visit to the White House.

Virginia McLaurin dances with Michelle and Barack Obama. Image by: White House Facebook

In a video posted on social media  by the White House, Ms McLaurin can be seen shouting “Hi!” at the President as she walks over to takes his hand.

Asked if she would she like to meet Michelle, she makes a beeline for the First Lady, with the President laughing telling her  “Slow Down, Slow Down!”

The 106-year-old got in her groove with the first couple  Image by: White House Facebook
The 106-year-old got in her groove with the first couple Image by: White House Facebook

The three begin an impromptu dance as they hold hands and jive, with Ms McLaurin shouting “Woooo!” as the first couple tell her that she has just made their day.

First Lady Michelle tells McLaurin: “I want to be like you when I grow up.”

“I am so happy. A black president. A black wife. And I’m here to celebrate black history. That’s what I’m here for,” Ms McLaurin explains.

The video of the meeting has been shared over 400,000 times on Facebook
The video of the meeting has been shared over 400,000 times on Facebook. Image by White House Facebook

An online petition to grant Ms McLaurin’s wish to visit the President in the White House was launched a year ago.

Born in South Carolina in 1909, Ms McLaurin’s visit was organised as part of the celebrations for Black History Month at the White House, recognising Africa Americans who have shaped the US.
She has spent her life working as a housekeeper  and a seamstress and moved to Washington DC in the 1940s.

She turns 107 next month.