The Woman Behind the Woman Behind the Man

Nov 12, 2008 Published under United States

CNN had a very touching story about Michelle Obama’s Mom, Mary Robinson.  She may come live in the White House to take care of Barack and Michelle’s young daughters, Sasha and Malia.  It’s heart-warming.  The American family structure tends to be two-generational, unlike the three-generational structures commonly found in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.  How nice if the White House would come to symbolize such close family values.

Michelle says she’s ‘begging’ her mother to stay with kids 

Washington (PTI): Michelle Obama, wife of US President-elect Barack Obama, says she is "begging" her mother to move to Washington to be with their daughters who dote on their grand mother.

"I am begging my mother", Marian Robinson, to leave her home on Chicago’s south side and move to the White House to be with Malia (10) and Sasha (seven), Michelle said and hoped that her mother will heed to the request.

"The girls are going to need her, as part of their sense of stability," Michelle told Newsweek.

"And what is true for my mom is that she does anything for us and her grandkids. All they have to do is look at her with sad eyes and she’s done for," she said.

The family is expected to move to the White House after Obama is inaugurated as US President on January 20. Marian regularly made a 10-minute journey from her home to the Obamas’ residence to look after her grand daughters for almost two years while their parents were campaigning for the primaries and Presidential elections.

Michelle said her mother initially told her that "there wasn’t enough space" and that she "didn’t want to intrude" into their space.

"I think she’s going to come," she said. If 71-year-old Marian decides to stay in the White House, it will be an important addition to new White House team as the country’s next First Family prepares for the domestic makeover.

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