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(4,571 posts)
Thu Apr 2, 2015, 01:33 AM Apr 2015

Arkansas woman now world's oldest person, wants Obama visit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas woman who became the world's oldest person Wednesday wants President Barack Obama to attend her 117th birthday party this Fourth of July.

At 116, Gertrude Weaver was already the oldest person in America. With the death of 117-year-old Misao Okawa in Japan, Weaver became the world's oldest person, according to the Los Angeles-based Gerontology Research Group, which tracks supercentenarians.

Staff at the Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock, said Weaver was inundated by television crews and other visitors Wednesday.

Weaver, a former domestic worker in private homes and mother of four children, has experienced a lot in her 116 years, Center Administrator Kathy Langley said. But she still has one dream she would like to realize.

"She really wants to meet the president. She's voted for him twice now and it's just her lifelong dream," Langley said. "We sent him an invitation to come to her birthday party last year, and we will send him another one this year."

Weaver is in good health, Langley said, and attributes her longevity to treating others well.

"They're just a wonderful family, very loving," Langley said. "She has a granddaughter and a grandson who are in their 70s and who live in town, and they are here all the time visiting with her along with many other family members."


Arkansas woman now world's oldest person, wants Obama visit (Original Post) ND-Dem Apr 2015 OP
this makes me smile.. BlancheSplanchnik Apr 2015 #1
Son in his 90's, and grandson and granddaughter in their 70's! progressoid Apr 2015 #2
there's a son in his 90s per another report; the guy on her left. ND-Dem Apr 2015 #8
I wonder if she posts in the BOG... Cali_Democrat Apr 2015 #3
It's Malia's birthday too.. maybe he could get Gertrude Weaver and Fam to the White House! Cha Apr 2015 #4
Probably not rpannier Apr 2015 #5
It is amazing.. what older people like these folks are capable of, rpannier! Cha Apr 2015 #6
116! Just to put that into perspective... Cooley Hurd Apr 2015 #7
Story brought tears to my eyes spiderpig Apr 2015 #9
It's would be a great idea for President Obama to MineralMan Apr 2015 #10


(291,680 posts)
4. It's Malia's birthday too.. maybe he could get Gertrude Weaver and Fam to the White House!
Thu Apr 2, 2015, 02:52 AM
Apr 2015

Mahalo ND


(24,187 posts)
5. Probably not
Thu Apr 2, 2015, 04:01 AM
Apr 2015

I don't know her
But I'd guess a trip like that at 116/7 years old is probably quite exhausting

Though my great aunt is 99 and she still drives and tries to paint her house.
Lives in a very small town
Sharp as they come

on edit:
This guy probably also helps prove me wrong

Father Jacques Clemens World’s Oldest Priest At 105
Still performs mass everyday

He survived World War I and World War II, but faced many illnesses between 1914 and 1945, which is one of the reasons why he is surprised that is able to live so long.
He often rides his bike. The world’s oldest priest loves to drive around and chat with other Christians about the word of God.


so why not anything is possible


Cooley Hurd

(26,877 posts)
7. 116! Just to put that into perspective...
Thu Apr 2, 2015, 06:10 AM
Apr 2015


• likely remembers a Roosevelt Presidency - TR's (he left office in 1909, when she was 10)

• is old enough to have volunteered in WW1 (a conflict of which there are NO veterans left alive)

• had just turned 21 in 1920... just in time to gain the right to vote

I hope she lives another 116!!!!


(10,419 posts)
9. Story brought tears to my eyes
Thu Apr 2, 2015, 09:46 AM
Apr 2015

Go Barack (I can call him that since I voted for him twice & am 10 years older). See her. She's living history.

Yay Ms. Weaver!!!


(145,881 posts)
10. It's would be a great idea for President Obama to
Thu Apr 2, 2015, 09:52 AM
Apr 2015

fly down there for a visit. He could wish this nice woman a Happy Birthday and make some pointed remarks about the need to preserve Social Security and to promote equal rights for everyone. He could even meet with the Governor and give him some pointed advice on the same trip.


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