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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:09 PM
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Obama’s Mother-in-Law to Move Into the White House
Source: NYT

It’s official: Marian Robinson, the 71-year-old mother-in-law of President-elect Barack Obama, will be moving into the White House, transition officials said on Friday.

In fact, Mrs. Robinson is already in town, helping to smooth the family’s personal transition as Mr. Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters prepare for new lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

“She is here to help them get up and running,’’ said Katie McCormick Lelyveld, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Obama. “She will determine in the coming months whether or not she wants to stay in D.C. permanently.”

(snip)

“I’ve never lived outside of Chicago, so I don’t know,’’ said Mrs. Robinson, hesitating a bit as she considered last year whether she was willing to move into the White House. “In the end, in the end, I’ll do whatever. I might fuss a little, but I’ll be there.”

Read more: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/09/obamas-mo...
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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:13 PM
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1. This will be good for the girls too. I can imagine how much they
would miss their grandmother if she stayed in Chicago.
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:14 PM
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2. nothing wrong with that.
the girls probably like having their grandma around.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-16-09 06:37 PM
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Doremus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-16-09 06:54 PM
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51. Oh boy, a mouth breather. Just remember to keep your mouth closed when you eat your pizza.
BTW, what's a "nannine"?
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Love Bug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:16 PM
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3. This only makes sense.
Security will be easier, too, since she'll be in the WH. Otherwise, she'll have the SS around all the time in Chicago. As a grandmother myself, I can see why she'd want to do it, if only to be near her grandbabies.
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marshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 04:32 PM
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25. I'd like to see Maya move in too
With her husband and child. I imagine security will also be an issue for them. Maybe she can get a teaching job at one of the DC area universities.
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:17 PM
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4. Mrs. Robinson, for your sanity's sake, get an apt. at the Mayflower or CT Ave. to get away sometimes
and for the girls to be in a place without servants sometimes.

Welcome to DC!
And there's a Krispy Kreme just up CT Ave. at Dupont Circle.
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skorpo Donating Member (300 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:18 PM
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5. Wonderful News
It's very important for Malia and Sasha to have her there. She's a wonderful influence in their lives.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:18 PM
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6. This is a great idea.
Melia and Sacha will love having
their Grandma around.

Mrs. Robinson will be the First Grandma.

:D
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tabasco Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 09:26 PM
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44. First Grandma!
I like it!

First babysitter too. :)
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Cass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:20 PM
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7. That's great. Hope she chooses to make it permanent.
It was mentioned in an article during the primaries that she is very involved with Malia and Sasha...she stayed with them while their parents traveled during the primaries. Michelle also remarked in one interview that she was lucky that she had her Mom to help so much with the girls. I had wondered (and hoped) she would move to DC with the Obama family to help ease the transition for the girls.
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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:22 PM
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8. Combining resources.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 05:09 PM
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28. You bet, aka, "family".
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:22 PM
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9. The sitcom potential of this is enormous.
:rofl:
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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 08:39 AM
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42. Stewart, Leno, Conan, Colbert, Kimmel
Will all use it, no doubt.
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Blaq Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:27 PM
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10. Live-in Mother-In-Laws often prevents "Monica's"
There's nothing better than a watchful eye of a mother-in-law.
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JayMusgrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 03:20 PM
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18. Monica's? You know something about Barack we don't know? n/t
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Blaq Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 04:03 PM
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22. Well, we know he won't be fooling around in the Oral Office
Live-in mother-in-laws have keen senses when it comes to these things. Thank God, Michelle's mother is moving into the White House.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 05:33 AM
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30. Money, looks and power never cause hot women to throw themselves at anyone and
men are always way above temptation, no matter how often it comes their way.
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 03:23 PM
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19. My mother in law loathed me and my mother loathed my husband
contributing quite a bit to mess up the marriage. Both mother in laws hated each other too. Family gathering were a laugh a minute.

:sarcasm:
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:33 PM
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11. Hasn't she already been living with the Obama's?
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 05:53 PM
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36. Unclear what was the system in Chicago,
as her apt. is not in Hyde Park but a bit south. Good chance that she did stay with them, and that she's at the hotel now. (those are MY thoughts only.)
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grannie4peace Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:38 PM
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12. i think it's great ...
it makes me wonder what is all the stir about?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 05:34 AM
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31. I did not notice any stir.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 05:54 PM
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37. Just curiousity, I think.
.
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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 02:40 PM
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13. Awesome
Such a wonderful idea, and so good for the family.
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Submariner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 03:15 PM
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14. Give her the Lincoln Bedroom
She deserves it.
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JayMusgrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 03:19 PM
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16. I'm sure she will spend some thoughtful moments there N/T
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JayMusgrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 03:18 PM
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15. I have an idea!!! I have an idea!!!
She can run for President in 2016... with 8 years of experience in the White House!!!

Hillary supporters, please don't trash me. It's a joke. OK?
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lunatica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 03:19 PM
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17. The First Family starts a new American trend with First Grandma
Many people will be moving in with family members in the next couple of years. Many already have. Many young people will have to wait to move away from their parents too.

Good for some, not so good for others. But I think it's good for the Obama's. First Grandma will be a perfect anchor for Malia and Sasha. I like that.
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Habibi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 04:53 PM
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26. Oh, god!
I'd have to drink myself into a coma nightly if I had to live with my MIL!
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latebloomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 08:55 PM
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43. My MIL has been living with us
hopefully temporarily, for a year and a half. Nice lady, but her habits and the loss of personal privacy drive me out of my friggin mind.

However, the Obamas will have just a tad more space than we do. And I doubt that Mrs. R sits around in a nightgown and ratty bathrobe all day, watching TV and smoking on the porch.





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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 05:44 PM
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35. Sorry, Truman's Mother in Law lived with him in the White House first.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 05:59 PM
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38. And poor Harry!
But I've never understood why he liked his WIFE!!!
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renate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 07:04 PM
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39. i KNOW!
Such a sourpuss. I think she was actually deliberately mean and hurtful to him sometimes--and if you've read his letters to her you know what I mean--which I could never understand because he was so utterly devoted to her. (Can you tell I love Harry? Not that he didn't make mistakes, but he was such an honorable man.)
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-16-09 06:38 PM
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 04:01 PM
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20. I am
waiting for Rush,Sean and the rest of the rightwing windbags,to start their mean hateful comments.
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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 08:19 AM
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41. Yeah, The "family values" crowd don't like anyone upstaging them
And they never notice their hypocrisy, so we will have to point it out to them when they start.
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kaccey Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 04:01 PM
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21. Family is so important to the Obama's
and kids need to be near their grandma's
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-16-09 06:40 PM
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 04:10 PM
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23. You mean she won't be coming in through the back door?

Like Jeff Gannon?
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 04:26 PM
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24. Great for the Girls and the Whole Family...lets hope it sets a tradition of sorts..
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gabby garcia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 05:00 PM
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27. My Mom lives with us.
My husband,3 kids and I would have it no other way!

gg
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-09-09 10:41 PM
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29. A great intergenerational family. So good for the girls.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 05:36 AM
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32. Obama grew up in an intergenerational home, except that it had only 2 bedrooms and no
staff or limos. This should seem like a piece of cake to him.
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 09:40 PM
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45. I think so too...
I'm sure she'll be a stabilizing force in their family. :thumbsup:
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-11-09 10:26 PM
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46. And those old birds bring a sense of perspective on life.
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Prisoner_Number_Six Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 11:26 AM
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33. They should say "The First Lady's mother" instead.
But then that would tend to stop the spin, eh?

:shrug:
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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 05:42 PM
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34. I Think this is the first Mother in law in the White House since Truman
http://books.google.com/books?id=4d-kGVP08CwC&pg=PA63&l...

Hope she is better then Marge Wallace (Truman's Mother in Law) was to Truman.
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Ishoutandscream2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-10-09 09:11 PM
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40. Yes, even when Harry was president, Mother Wallace
still didn't think he was good enough for her daughter. A real sour puss. Of course, there was personal tragedy with her husband committing suicide many years before, and that possibly contributed to her contrariness.
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ShadesOfGrey Donating Member (646 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-12-09 01:39 PM
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47. Awesome! Now THAT'S what REAL family values looks like. nt
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-16-09 11:13 PM
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52. Good. The First Lady and First Daughters will have more support this way.
I think it's sweet, actually.
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-17-09 12:01 AM
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53. Finally! Something for the Comedians. They've been worrying about
their careers, now Obama throws them a bone. Obama's the man!!!
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