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.
Still dancing at 110 years old—happy birthday, Virginia! pic.twitter.com/IYuNYLJqT5
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) March 12, 2019
“What a great moment,” former President Barack Obama wrote in response to Michelle’s tweet. “Happy 110th, Virginia.”
What a great moment. Happy 110th, Virginia. https://t.co/FuNZV3RRV4
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 12, 2019
McLaurin first met the Obamas at a 2016 reception to celebrate Black History Month:
In a moment that would go viral, the then-106-year-old McLaurin shared a dance with the president and first lady:
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:
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) February 22, 2016
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.