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WHAT A TIME

The Obamas danced with a 106-year-old woman and it is the best thing you’ll watch today

By Frida Garza

This February is a sweet Black History Month for one woman: Virginia McLaurin, a centenarian who turned her visit to the White House into a dance party with the first black presidential couple. The 106-year-old, dressed to the nines in a teal dress suit, met president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle yesterday (Feb. 21):

When the president came out to meet McLaurin, she opened up her arms to greet him. ”Slow down now!” Barack teased when she soon hurried past him to meet Michelle.

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McLaurin’s age isn’t just significant in terms of her good health—it also means she personally witnessed a dramatic evolution in US race relations. Over the past century, the Virginia woman lived through the civil rights movement and saw the country elect—and reelect—its first black Commander-in-Chief.

“I thought I would never live to get in the White House,” McLaurin told the Obamas; she had run a savvy social media campaign and online petition to fulfill her dream. “We are so happy to have you here!” Michelle Obama responded.

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The first lady added that the secret to dancing at 106 years old must be to “just keep moving,” shaking her hips with her guest.