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Obama guest 'Grandma Virginia' Turns 107

Obama guest 'Grandma Virginia' Turns 107


Virginia McLaurin turned 107 on Saturday.

Grandma Virginia, as she is affectionately, had her dream come true, as she celebrated her pre-107th birthday with the Obamas at the White House on February 22.

Virginia’s White House dance party last month came a year after a petition was launched to help get her an invite.

She posted a video on YouTube telling Obama how much she’d love to meet him and his family and her dream finally came true.

“I thought I would never live to get in the White House,” she said to the Obamas. “I am so happy? A black president, a black wife… and I’m here to celebrate black history.”

Her video, released by the White House last month, had gone viral.

The then 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin was dancing with the Obamas at the White House during a Black History Month event.

McLaurin said she had long-dreamed of visiting the White House.

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