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Watch a 106-year-old woman bust a move with the president

February 22, 2016 at 7:59 PM EDT
106-year-old Virginia McLaurin has lived through 18 different presidents, though she never thought she’d live to see an African-American in the White House, let alone meet him. But thanks to an online campaign, McLaurin was able to fulfill her dream and even bust a move with the president and first lady. The White House commemorated the meeting with a video released on social media.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: Finally tonight, our “NewsHour” Shares, something that caught our eye that might be of interest to you, too.

One-hundred-and-six-year-old Virginia McLaurin never thought she would live to see a black president in the White House. When she was honored for her volunteer work in Washington, D.C., two years ago, she said her dream was to meet President Obama. After an online campaign, McLaurin was able to fulfill her dream, and even dance with the president and first lady.

The White House shared the moment in this video it released on social media.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Virginia McLaurin?

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: Hi!

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: How are you?

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: I’m fine.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Oh, it’s so nice to see you.

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: It’s an honor. It’s an honor.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: You want to say hi to Michelle?

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: Yes!

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Slow down now. Don’t go too quick. She’s 106!

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: No, you are not. You are not 106.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, you got to — you, slow down.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: Oh, my goodness.

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: Thank you.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: You are not — I want to be like you when I grow up.

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: You can.

(LAUGHTER)

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: She’s dancing. Come on.

So, what’s the secret to still dancing at 106?

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: Just keep moving. I am so happy.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: We are happy to have you.

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: A black president.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: Look at him, right there.

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: A black wife.

FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA: That’s me.

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: Yes.

(LAUGHTER)

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: And I’m here to celebrate black history.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: That’s exactly right.

VIRGINIA MCLAURIN: Yes. That’s what I’m here for.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, we’re glad to have you here.

JUDY WOODRUFF: I want to know what her secret is.

GWEN IFILL: I have watched that a dozen times, and I crack up laughing at Virginia McLaurin every single time. She’s fabulous.

JUDY WOODRUFF: She absolutely is.

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