After being proclaimed the oldest person in the world by the Gerontology Research Group based in Los Angeles, Gertrude Weaver expressed her wish to invite U.S. President Barack Obama to her 117th birthday party to be held on the 4th of July.
Gertrude Weaver, born in Arkansas near the border of Texas in 1898, became the World’s Oldest Person on Wednesday after the death of 117-year-old Japanese Misao Okawa. Weaver was already the oldest woman in the U.S., and now she is the oldest person on the planet.
As reported by the staff of Silver Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden, southwest to Little Rock, the lady is in sound health and is perfectly able to communicate. She eats three meals a day at the dining hall of the facility.
Weaver has attributed her longevity to her practice of treating everyone well and exercising three times a week while sitting on her wheelchair.
She was born to sharecropper parents, then worked as a domestic help. After retiring from her profession, she lived with her granddaughter and finally moved to the facility in 2009 when her granddaughter had fallen ill. Weaver has a 93-year-old son who visits regularly in Silver Oaks.
According to Kathy Langley, the administrator of the facility, Weaver is an amazing woman apart from being the oldest on earth.
Weaver wants to meet the U.S. president on her 117th birthday after voting for him twice. No words from Obama have been reported, but he is most expected to demonstrate his love and care for supporters and countrymen by attending the invitation from a special lady.