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Marian Robinson is enjoying her new life

According to the New York Times First Grandma Marian Robinson is loving her new life in the nation’s capital. Mrs. Robinson wasn’t too thrilled about moving from her Chicago home to the White House at first according to her son Craig Robinson.


WASHINGTON — Marian Robinson, President Obama’s mother-in-law, moved into the White House “kicking and screaming,” said her son, Craig Robinson. She had never lived outside of Chicago and was reluctant to leave her beloved bungalow, her friends and family, her weekly yoga class and her familiar routines.

But after three months of White House living she’s loving her new home.

She entertains visitors from Chicago. She attends White House dinners and concerts hosted by her daughter, the first lady, Michelle Obama. She dines at local restaurants and delights in events at the Kennedy Center, where she often sits in the president’s box and chats with performers.

In fact, Mrs. Robinson, 71, is so busy these days that the Obamas hired a baby sitter to watch their two daughters one evening because the nation’s first grandmother had plans.

“She has a very full social life, so much so that sometimes we have to plan our schedule around her schedule,” Mrs. Obama said jokingly last week during a lunch she hosted for Congressional spouses.

I’m glad to see Mrs. Robinson enjoying her new life. Just because she’s a grandma doesn’t mean she can’t have fun on her own.

Meet Bo Obama Part 2

The newest member of the Obama family, a Portuguese water dog named Bo, made his official debut yesterday at the White House.  He’s a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy.  Bo graced the front page of today’s Washington Post Style section.


The entire family minus the FLOTUS graced the front page of today’s Post.


Puppy Ciao!
First Family Introduces Bo the Dog to the World

By Manuel Roig-Franzia
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The Bo Era beginneth.

Or, at least, it seemed almost that consequential today, judging from the overflow crowd of reporters and photographers who swarmed onto the White House South Lawn for a glimpse of the new first puppy.

On this chilly, overcast day, the frisky Portuguese water dog upstaged even the president and first lady.

“Bo Obama!” a reporter called out. “Are you hypoallergenic?”

Bo, only 6 months old but already savvy to the ways of Washington, made no comment. But the first kids, not to mention the tall guy in the blue suit, spoke up for him.

“I love him,” Malia Obama, 10, said as Bo nuzzled her leg. “He’s perfect.”

Seven-year-old Sasha, punctuating her words with a little hop, declared, “He doesn’t know how to swim!”

Dad, also known as President Obama, added that Porties “have webbed feet.”

Bo was a gift from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and his wife, Victoria. The Kennedys sent over gifts today for Sasha and Malia: the book “My Senator and Me,” authored by, ahem, their Portie Splash; chew toys for Bo; a book on training Porties; and a collar and leash set emblazoned with the message, “I {heart} Obama.”




US Obama Dog Debut

Fellow Portuguese water dog owner Susan Bowe has some advice for the Obama family:

Susan Bowe had a special interest in the arrival of the Obama family’s new dog, Bo, at the White House on Tuesday.

The first family adopted a Portuguese water dog, which happens to be the same breed as Bowe’s dog, a 2-year-old named Bailey. The Leland Grove resident had some advice for the first family.

“You just have to give them a lot of love and understand that they want to be with you all the time,” Bowe said. “I was told that if you like a dog that lies in the corner, don’t get a Portuguese water hound.”

Meet Bo Obama

The front page of today’s Washington Post has an article about the first dog named Bo.


The Portuguese water dog is a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy.  Watch out Senator Kennedy.  PETA might come after you like they did the dog breeder who gave Vice President Joe Biden his puppy.


The Kennedys own three Portuguese water dogs (also known as PWD). Apparantly info about Bo leaked out through a website called First Dog Charlie. The gossip site TMZ would later link to the picture of the dog.

The First Puppy Makes a Big Splash
Bo, the Portuguese Water Dog, Is All Over the Web Before His Official Debut

By Manuel Roig-Franzia
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, April 12, 2009

Who let the dog out?

That’s the Washington mystery du jour.

The identity of the first puppy — the one that the Washington press corps has been yelping about for months, the one President Obama has seemed to delight in dropping hints about — leaked out yesterday. This despite White House efforts to delay the news until the big debut planned for Tuesday afternoon.

The little guy is a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog given to the Obama girls as a gift by that Portuguese water dog-lovin’ senator himself, Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts. The girls named it Bo — and let it be noted that you learned that here first. Malia and Sasha chose the name, because their cousins have a cat named Bo and because first lady Michelle Obama’s father was nicknamed Diddley, a source said. (Get it? Bo . . . Diddley?)

Bo’s a handsome little guy. Well suited for formal occasions at the White House, he’s got tuxedo-black fur, with a white chest, white paws and a rakish white goatee.

Clearly, the identity of the dog was information too big to contain. A mysterious Web site called http://firstdogcharlie.com published a picture of a Portie yesterday morning, complete with a Q and A with the dog, which it said was originally named Charlie. The celebrity gossip Web site http://TMZ.com linked to the picture. So much for the big White House unveiling.

For an Obama team that ran a famously tight-knit press operation during last year’s presidential election campaign, it was a sign of how tough it can be to keep a leash on information in Washington.

Looks like the Obamas might run into problems after pledging to get a rescue dog.

The choice of a Portie raised one complication. The Obamas have long said they wanted a rescue dog. But the carefully bred PWDs almost never end up in shelters. Bo had been living with another family, but it wasn’t a good fit, so the Kennedys acquired him for the Obamas.

As for the rescue pledge, the Obamas came up with a solution intended to lend a serious symbolic note: They’re going to make a donation to the D.C. Humane Society.

Some folks are vehement about folks adopting rescue dogs over buying a dog from a breeder. I’m sure the rescue dog folks will be out in full force bashing the Obamas even though the type of dog they could get was limited due to Malia’s allergies. But that won’t stop the rescue dog militants.  Like PETA these folks can be vicious. Folks need to let the Obamas make their own decisions. If they prefer a PWD from the Kennedy family then so be it.

Welcome to your new home Bo.

Michelle Obama and mom

First Lady Michelle Obama and her mom Marian Robinson grace the cover of the May 2009 issue of Essence Magazine.   I received my copy in the mail today.


The first lady and first grandma look great.

A Mother’s Love: First Lady & Mom Cover May 2009 Issue of ESSENCE

In their first interview together, First Lady Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson, sit down in the White House to speak exclusively to ESSENCE Editor-in-Chief Angela Burt-Murray about retaining their family values, what it takes to raise good kids, and being role models for the Black community. Read on for excerpts from the interview.

Mrs. Michelle Obama on what being First Lady means to her:

It’s an honor and a privilege when you walk into the White House-at least I automatically felt a level of obligation. This is a big responsibility, a wonderful platform and I just want to make sure I take every advantage to serve as a role model, to provide good messages, to be a supportive mate to the President and to make sure that my girls are solid.”

Mrs. Marian Robinson on seeing her daughter step into this historic role:

“Well, to me, it’s overwhelming. I never doubted that she could do this. She is doing it with such grace and dignity. So I am just proud. I just hope she does what she wants to do. [Chuckles] Because the things that she wants to do are very important. They mean a lot to her.”

Mrs. Michelle Obama on finding balance:

“Unlike most women, I have a lot of resources: I have my mother living with me. The White House has a staff of people who are there to make my life easy. I don’t have a full-time job, although I work very hard in the role of First Lady. But I have a lot of resources. So I have been able to achieve the balance because I have the support I need.”

Mrs. Robinson on what her late husband, Fraser Robinson III, would say about this moment:

“You would not be able to shut him up! He would not be able to stand this. He would be beaming until you would just want him to stop talking. He bragged about Michelle and her brother, Craig, before they had even done anything. He always encouraged them, and when he talked about Craig and Michelle, you could just see a smile on his face whether it was there or not. He just enjoyed these two people.”

You can read the entire interview by picking up the May 2009 issue of Essence Magazine at any bookstore, newstand or grocery store.

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