After uplifting photos of a little girl viewing Michelle Obama’s portrait made everyone cry this weekend, the former First Lady scheduled a sweet face-to-face meeting with her tiny fan.
On Tuesday, Obama shared a clip of herself dancing with Parker, the little girl from the photos.
“Parker, I’m so glad I had the chance to meet you today (and for the dance party)!” she captioned the clip. “Keep on dreaming big for yourself…and maybe
one day I’ll proudly look up at a portrait of you!”
Parker first captured the world’s attention on Thursday after a fellow visitor to the National Portrait Gallery shared a photo of her on Facebook.
The image — showing the rapt little girl standing before Obama’s portrait — was shared more than 35,000 times. Artist Amy Sherald, the portrait’s painter, shared a similar photo on Instagram later that day.
Feeling all the feels. 😭 When I look at this picture I think back to my first field trip in elementary school to a museum. I had only seen paintings in encyclopedias up to that point in my life. There was a show up of work by painter @thebobartlett whose work still inspires me to this day. There was a painting of a black man standing in front of a house. I don’t remember a lot about my childhood, but I do have a few emotional memories etched into my mind forever and seeing that painting of a man that looked like he could be my father stopped me dead in my tracks. This was my first time seeing real paintings that weren’t in a book and also weren’t painted in another century. I didn’t realize that none of them had me in them until I saw that painting of Bo’s. I knew I wanted to be an artist already, but seeing that painting made me realize that I could. What dreams may come? #representationmatters
The Washington Post later identified that little girl as Parker Curry, a 2-year old from Washington D.C. and a fan of Obama, thanks to the former first lady’s appearances (and impromptu dancing) on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
And on Tuesday, thanks to her newfound fame, Parker got to dance with Obama herself – perhaps the only good use of the internet in recent memory.