A 106-year-old woman has received one of the best presents of her long life, getting to meet United States’ President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Virginia McLaurin is not your average 106-year-old – if there was such a thing. The veteran volunteer looked like a giddy schoolgirl again as she danced during her meeting with Mr and Mrs Obama.
“I didn’t think I’d live to see a black president,” Ms McLaurin said.
Ms Obama told Ms McLaurin: “I want to be like you when I grow up.”
“You can,” she replied.
Ms McLaurin said meeting the President was an honour.
“I thought I would never live to get in the White House, and I tell you, I am so happy. A black president. A black wife. And I’m here to celebrate black history.”
Michelle Obama wanted to know: “What’s the secret to still dancing at 106?”
Mr Obama was also surprised by her exuberance: “You’re 106?! … Slow down, don’t go too quick!”
Maybe it’s Ms McLaurin’s long dedication to children that gave her seemingly endless youth.
In 2013, the Washington DC resident was honoured for volunteering 40 hours each week with students who lived with severe mental and physical disabilities.
Born in South Carolina, she worked as a seamstress for most of her life and has been widowed for 70 years.
The video of the meeting, organised for Black History Month, has been viewed over 11 million times and shared more than 300,000 times.