First Mom-In-Law Moving to DC

Michelle's mom to help provide stability for her uprooted grandkids
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2008 6:26 AM CST
Michelle Obama stands beside her mother Marian Robinson at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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(Newser) – Michelle Obama's mother has agreed to make the move from Chicago to the capital to help America's next first family look after the kids, the Washington Post reports. No word yet on whether Marian Robinson will live in the White House, but it will be the first time in living memory three generations of a presidential family have moved to the capital.

Robinson, 71, was the chief caregiver for Malia and Sasha while their parents—who have never employed a full-time nanny—were out on the campaign trail. Michelle Obama says she begged her mom to make the move south. "The girls are going to need her, as part of their sense of stability," she told Newsweek. "And what is true for my mom is that she does anything for us and her grandkids."