Virginia McLaurin, D.C.'s favorite centenarian, turns 110 years old

    Virginia McLaurin, who proudly goes by “Grandma Virginia,” celebrates 110 years of life. (Caroline Patrickis/ABC7)

    For Virginia McLaurin, who proudly goes by “Grandma Virginia,” Tuesday is a big milestone! The Washington, D.C. centenarian is celebrating 110 years of life.

    “I'm not getting younger. As far as I can see I'm the oldest thing in the District," she said, laughing. "I've come a long way. I didn't think I'd ever live to see 110."

    She was born in Cheraw, South Carolina, in 1909.

    She gained national attention around her 106th birthday when she visited and danced with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

    Four years later, she watched the video of the dance that went viral. "I met a black president and a black wife. That's me," she said, excited. "I was so scared because I was raised in the South. I didn't know what to do. I didn't think I would ever, ever be able to get in the White House."

    Since then, birthdays have been a big deal. In 2018, she celebrated 109 with the Harlem Globetrotters and the students at Brightwood Elementary School in Northwest Washington.

    This year, she plans to celebrate at TGI Fridays with her family and church members. "This year, they feel like maybe it's too much for me. They said we want to keep her as long as we can."

    However, she made a wish while blowing out candles to her birthday cake. "For my birthday, I wish I could meet the Mayor (Muriel Bowser). She adopted a girl, and I adopted a boy."

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