Philadelphia centenarian fulfills birthday wish after meeting Michelle Obama

Francis Akhalbey November 22, 2022
Eloise Brown's birthday wish was to meet Michelle Obama -- Photo via Michelle Obama on Facebook

A South Philadelphia woman about to turn 100 ticked off a wish on her bucket list on Saturday night after she finally met Michelle Obama. According to CBS News, Eloise Brown had said that meeting the former first lady was the only birthday gift she wanted. 

Her dream came true. “It was my one only gift that I wanted for my birthday,” Brown said. The elderly citizen is known to be a positive and family-oriented person. She has been a resident of the city for more than 80 years. And Brown was said to be full of joy after she met Obama.

“I can’t even describe it,” Brown said. “Absolutely wonderful. All I wanted to do was just shake her hand and I did it.”

Brown’s family, friends, as well as local officials, organized a party for her last week. And during the ceremony, she said her only birthday wish as she entered centenary status was to meet the former first lady. 

Obama, who on Saturday appeared at an event in Philadelphia to promote her new book, decided to make Brown’s dream come true after her team became aware of her wish. The former first lady’s team sent Brown tickets to attend the event. And after Obama was done addressing the attendees, she went to meet Brown. Fortunately for her, Brown got the icing on the cake as she also met Michelle’s daughter, Malia Obama.

“They were glad to see me and I was overjoyed to see them,” Brown recalled. “I can’t even express it.”

Brown, who marks her 100th birthday on November 22, said that meeting the former first lady was one of the highlights of her life.

“It is the greatest birthday I could ever have,” she said.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: November 22, 2022


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