Virginia Mc Laurin met President Obama and the first lady on Thursday to celebrate Black History Month.
After the White House released footage of Mc Laurin's visit, the video immediately went viral.
“I didn’t know you were going to be on TV,” he said. She kept trying to catch a glimpse, but the phone never stopped ringing with calls from family and friends who’d seen the clip.
Then finally, deep into the afternoon on Monday, Mc Laurin got to watch the moment that had made her famous.
“She lived to see two World Wars, the height of racial segregation and finally an elected black president,” wrote Alexandre Meister, before adding a parenthetical “hugs from Brazil.” And when one commenter said those praising the video were “sick,” she was quickly overwhelmed by supporters. Mc Laurin cackled with glee as soon as she caught sight of the president. “She has a flirtatious spirit and is a pure joy to be around,” said Savetria Francis, the principal of a D. school where Mc Laurin volunteers, in a 2012 interview with the Afro-American newspaper.
This is how you take your love for your grandmother to a whole other level.
“I tell you, I am so happy,” she said, looking up at Obama before turning to the first lady.
“A black president, yay, and his black wife.” Mc Laurin said she was there to celebrate Black History Month.
Her eyes were fixed on the i Phone in her lap, as she sat in a backroom of Busboys and Poets restaurant near U Street — in front of a mural of civil rights icons.
Her mouth dropped open: There she was, dancing with her beloved president. “I wish this was mine.” For a few hours over lunch, she reflected on her life and those precious few minutes she had fulfilling a dream she didn’t even know to entertain until 2008.