Watch a 106-year-old woman meet Barack and Michelle Obama — you can thank me for it later

Politics is often joyless — but when it isn't, it really, really isn't

By Scott Eric Kaufman
February 22, 2016 6:13PM (UTC)
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Virginia McLaurin, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama (Credit: ABC News)

So much of the news we bring you here at Salon revolves around the current election cycle, so it's nice to be reminded, on occasion, of what happened the last time 'round -- in this case, with a video of an ecstatic 106-year-old Virginia McLaurin meeting the president and first lady at the White House.

Her exclamation on being introduced to Barack Obama, the dancing that followed, and her declaration that "I thought I would never live to get in The White House, and I tell you, I am so happy!" are just what's needed before another week of having to ponder the general awfulness of the GOP field, the loathsomeness of the Bernie Bros., and the cries of sexism from the Clinton camp.


Watch the entire exchange below via the White House.

106-Year-Old Woman Can't Stop Dancing When She Meets the Obamas


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Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at

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