First Granny Mulls White House Move

Resident mom-in-law good for the nation, if not the Obamas
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 30, 2008 3:59 PM CST
Michelle Obama stands beside her mother, Marian Robinson, at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
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(Newser) – With the Cabinet-pick mania waning, Beltway buffs are left speculating on whether first granny Marian Robinson will join the Obamas in their new residence. One poll places the move-in likelihood at 70%, and there's a petition going that supports "her presence in the Obama White House." Even Barack Obama, in uncharacteristic son-in-law fashion, says he "hopes" she'll move in, the Boston Globe reports.

If it happens, Robinson will join a growing number of parents—3.6 million Americans—who live with their adult children. Robinson could provide invaluable childcare as the First Couple frets over its new baby—the nation—but such closeness can come with stress, particularly if parenting tactics collide. (Robinson rejects the Obamas' TV limits and early bedtime.) Still, others say a poster granny would celebrate America's elderly.
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