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The President-Elect is not the only one making a big transition himself -- his daughters are getting adjusted to a new school, making new friends, and in just a matter of days will be moving into a really big house.

To help with their new life, Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, is also moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The President-Elect's mother-in-law spent a lot of time taking care of the incoming first daughters while their parents were on the campaign trail the past two years.

Marian Robinson has been picking them up from school, making sure they did their homework, cooking dinner and getting the girls back home when Michelle returned from campaigning for the day. Transition officials did not say if this would be a permanent move, but Sasha and Malia's grandmother will be around for at least the next few months to help the girls get acclimated.

Would you want your mother-in-law moving in, no matter how helpful?

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appreciative daughter January 10, 2009, 9:15 PM

thank God for grandparents!!

chad January 10, 2009, 9:16 PM

NO I DO NOT,,,, Our tax dollars already pay for help with the President and his family,,,, His mother-in-law moving in is just wasting and stealing more money from us as tax payers…. Can you imagine what it will cost for her stay there PER month. Goverment protection and transportation. The people that will have to be paid for all this and how much.. JUST STUPID

My January 10, 2009, 9:16 PM

Why not have grandma move in! It is a wonderful idea… She loves her granddaughters and will be able to provide the best care for them (look how well Michelle turned out!). I would rather pay her with my tax dollars than a perfect stranger, who would likely have to be hired anyway!

Grace January 10, 2009, 9:16 PM

I think its great for Nana to move into the white house and take care of the girls. Kudos to Barack and Michelle Obama for wanting grandma with them. Makes me respect them more as a family. America has lost that family value of wanting our seniors to stay with us. We tend to send them off to Assisted living , because we need our nucleus family, forgetting that they sacrificed for us when we needed them. We need to keep the family units close, and that includes Nanas. GO NANA GO. The Obama’s are setting a very good example for America. GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY and PRESIDENCY.

carol Estes January 10, 2009, 9:16 PM

I think thats a great idea. It will be good for the new family to have someone there that they know, especially for the girls. When moving to a new city its good to have someone there that you can trust. When granny decide to go back home for awhile or to stay. I would be glad to help out. I’m a grandmother also.

Be Bless
Carol Estes

DM January 10, 2009, 9:19 PM

So what if she lives there & helps take care of the girls? I don’t even care if we pay her or not~we’d be paying a nanny (who is a stranger!)anyway. And think of how much easier it will be for both President & Mrs. Obama not to have to worry about their children. Go for it and God Bless the family!!!

Ladyvet January 10, 2009, 9:22 PM

I think it is a wonderful thing. This is a real cultural difference for some. See African-Americans for the most part do not use Nannies but they use Grannies and/or Nanas. We rather have our own help with the rearing of our children not some stranger. The best part of it all is that we don’t mind doing it either.

Linda Cardwell January 10, 2009, 9:26 PM

To the critics would you want your children with strangers? if you don’t have children would you want to be with strangers or your Grandmother? THINK

chad January 10, 2009, 9:28 PM

All of you just seem to love the fact of her living in the White House.. Do you not realize that a nanny would cost a tenth or less of what it is going to cost keep her up in there. Your not thinking now but when our country is indept even more and it costs you the tax payer even more than now, you will stop and realize every penny counts. NANNYS GO HOME WITHOUT 20 FED AGENTS AROUND AT MAYBE 75000 EACH,,, SHE DOES NOT ITS AROUND THE CLOCK… THINK

Chad January 10, 2009, 9:33 PM

I have 4 children and I am thinking and he should have thought of that before taking the job.. If you get a job out of state and move away, are you going to move your parents with you.. No,, or yes if the tax payers are paying for it.

sylvia January 11, 2009, 7:37 PM

so glad for all of you,you are such a whole happy family all the good luck to nana

GiveMeABreak! January 11, 2009, 8:10 PM

Unlike some other cultures or ethnic groups. African Americans love their grandmothers! They are a big part of our families! Patriachs…If you go back in black history, like slavery, our ancestors took care of your children without pay! I’m sure Mrs. Michelle Obama’s mother (Grandma Robinson) will be doing it for all the reasons she has been doing it before the whitehouse..IT’S CALLED LOVE! Some folks need to stop thinking of this family as your dysfunctional family. Black people know how to love, always has..once again, check out our history…during slavery, our ancestors (black women)loved your children and in some cases loved your men because your ancestors couldn’t…So now you get to see black loved on display..the real thing..not what has been portrayed in the media…

oh shut up January 11, 2009, 9:46 PM

givemeabreak—holy crap. yeah blacks are the only people that love their grandmothers. get off your high horse. what the hell does this have to do with slavery? you need to get off your stupid high horse and quit bringing race into it! shut up!

hey January 11, 2009, 10:01 PM

ladyvet…most of us raise our own kids without nannies. we use daycares while we are at work. Guess what? grandma is at work too!!

lesle January 12, 2009, 9:10 AM

Didn’t Clinton spend lots of time giving friends and family “jobs” on taxpayer money? Here we go again! Most grandparents don’t expect to be paid for helping with their grandchildren…don’t these children attend a private school? Do they really need a full time “nanny”?

Jill January 12, 2009, 12:50 PM

I think it’s a great idea. She should get paid for babysitting the girls just like any other sitter would get paid. Just because she their grandmother doesn’t mean she not worth the pay.

Briann January 12, 2009, 1:02 PM

Face it some of you will never be happy with what is going on in or out of the white house. But I bet you feel different if it was you and your family in the white house. Grandparents do make great babysitters, don’t is wrong just to leave your kids with them without some kind of payment of gratitude.

Chad January 14, 2009, 9:49 AM

Listen slavery has been gone for many, many years. And as far as black people loving their grandparants more than white people do is stupid as you must be. The only reason black kids and some white kids love their grands so much is because those kids was left with the grands for them to raise, because the parents were to drugged out… This is not a black or white debate, some of my best friends are black and yes I am white. Bill Clinton did not move his grands in, Michelle Obama is not the pres. she is a stay at home mom / First Lady. Hillery took care of her kids, so can she. They are going to hire cousins, uncles and nefews next for grounds keeping I guess.. You will realize what is going on when you go to pay your taxes.

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