02/22/2016 15:47 EST | Updated 02/22/2017 00:12 EST

106-year-old says she can 'die happy' after Obama meeting

WASHINGTON — At 106 years old, she's seen more than a dozen presidents come and go, but Virginia McLaurin says she can finally die happy after meeting President Barack Obama.

Video of the centenarian shaking her groove with excitement quickly went viral on the Internet after last week's Black History Month reception at the White House.

The grandmother tells The Associated Press that when she saw the president and first lady Michelle Obama in the flesh, she was so happy, she started dancing.

She says in a video interview that she never imagined she'd have the opportunity.

McLaurin had started an online White House petition for a visit more than a year ago. The African-American said in the petition that she never thought she'd live to see a black president.

Josh Lederman And Rick Gentilo, The Associated Press