Michelle Obama has danced with a two-year-old fan who became a viral hit for admiring the former first lady’s portrait.Parker Curry was photographed in awe at Ms Obama’s portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.The photo was shared thousands of times around the world, with many hoping the two would meet.On Tuesday (local time), they did. (Facebook: Ben Hines)
Ms Obama’s staff reached out to Parker’s mother, Jessica Curry, and invited the family to visit her office.They spent about 45 minutes together.”Parker, I’m so glad I got to meet you today,” Ms Obama wrote on Instagram.”Keep on dreaming big for yourself … and maybe one day I’ll proudly look up at a portrait of you!”After the meeting, Parker offered the same assessment of Ms Obama that she did after seeing the portrait.”She’s a queen,” she said.Of course, the internet has blown up.”This is what America is all about,” tweeted an Atlanta man.”This young girl can now dream about being someone like Michelle Obama.”
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The photo that started it all was posted on Facebook by Ben Hines, after he watched the moment unfold.Parker, a big fan of Ms Obama, was too entranced by the portrait to pose for a photograph.At her portrait’s unveiling last month, Ms Obama said she was thinking of young girls — and girls of colour, “who in the years ahead will come to this place and see an image of someone who looks like them hanging on the wall of a great American institution”.”And I know the kind of impact that will have on their lives because I was one of those girls.” External Link:
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Parker Curry, 2, stands in awe of the new National Portrait Gallery painting of Michelle Obama.
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March 07, 2018 11:55:35
Michelle Obama met with two-year-old fan, Parker Curry, at the former first lady’s office.