‘Still Dancing at 110’: Obamas Celebrate Birthday of Centenarian Who Danced With Them in the White House

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

Barack and Michelle Obama took to Twitter on Tuesday to wish a happy 110th birthday to Virginia McLaurin, who danced with the Obamas at the White House in a 2016 visit that went viral.

“Still dancing at 110 years old — happy birthday, Virginia!” former First Lady Michelle Obama wrote in a tweet on Tuesday, sharing a picture of the three smiling together in the White House.

“What a great moment,” former President Barack Obama wrote in response to Michelle’s tweet. “Happy 110th, Virginia.”

McLaurin first met the Obamas at a 2016 reception to celebrate Black History Month:

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

In a moment that would go viral, the then-106-year-old McLaurin shared a dance with the president and first lady:

Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson

In a video from the meeting, an overjoyed McLaurin excitedly greets the president before rushing to meet Michelle Obama.

“I wanna be like you when I grow up,” the former first lady told McLaurin.

As she posed for a photo with the president and first lady, McLaurin explained the significance of the moment to her: “I thought I would never live to get in the White House. And I tell you, I am so happy.”

Watch the video below:

McLaurin joked about her birthday in an interview with Washington, D.C.’s ABC7-WJLA:

“I’m not getting younger. As far as I can see I’m the oldest thing in the District.”

Recalling her 2016 visit to the White House, McLaurin was visibly emotional. “I met a black president and a black wife. That’s me,” she said. “I was so scared because I was raised up in the South.”

With her birthday on Tuesday, Virginia McLaurin earns the rare distinction of becoming a “supercentanarian,” or someone who has surpassed the age of 110.

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