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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Yikes, That Looks Tense, Uncomfortable And Awkward

No. Not this.



THIS.



Body language notwithstanding, Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, will enter our national lore as Grandma-in-Chief (First Grandma?). She'll be moving into the White House with her charges, Malia and Sasha.

You know, I rather like that.

I'm so sentimental towards my own late maternal grandmother, and of course, I love extended families living together. It's the Old World in me.

I haven't read accounts of this announcement yet, but I recall that the last elderly relative of the First Family to actually live in the White House, was President Harry S Truman's mother.

A funny story is told about her, in England. When then Princess Elizabeth paid her first official visit to the US, the President's mum requested to be introduced to her in her White House digs. But in her confusion, the old bird told the future Queen, "Oh, I am so happy your father was re-elected" -- presumably about Winston Churchill.

I don't think that's a concern with Marian Robinson. She looks sharp and steely. Clearly, Michelle inherited much of her looks, too. They could be the twins of pout.

Hopefully, a nice sunny vista overlooking the mall or the Rosegarden will put her to rights.

Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson!

P.S.: Incidentally, I heard the McCain-Obama meeting described on PBS as "that most American of things".

Presumably, only in the US, with their history of silky smooth transitions and gracious concessions, would a vanquished opponent meet with the conquering one, after the election.

Yeah, right. Because in Britain, the new Prime Minister eats the severed tonsils of his defeated opponent at dinner.

IN THE COMMENTS: Chickenlittle wants more info on the circumstances of the Obama photo.

BTW, do you know the circumstances of the Obama/Robinson photo? It looks like they're awaiting bad news in a hospital. If so, then I'll STFU. But if they're watching election returns or something, it makes me grin. Please do tell.

It's as you suspected, Chickenlittle. Then Senator Obama and Mrs. Robinson are in their hotel, awaiting election returns near Grant Park.

Actually, if you look closely at the photo, the pose may be distant, but they are actually holding hands in a supportive gesture. Since the outcome of the election was never in any doubt, this must've been in the first few minutes after polls closed.

"Oh God, we lost Kentucky"
"There there, Barack"

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4 Comments:

  • If the MIL situation is going to work anywhere, its going to work in the White House.

    By Anonymous Jillian, at Tue Nov 18, 04:04:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I personally find the private Obama's story very intriguing, Jillian.

    It makes a change from the distant Chelsea / Monicagate years of the Clintons, and the Bush Twins partying the night away at college.

    It's sweet, and human.

    Cheers,
    Victoria

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 18, 05:28:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I love extended families living together. It's the Old World in me.

    My wife's parents are "Old World” (Dutch). I could see Oma moving in with us, but not Opa--her father fled 1960’s Holland for opportunities here, and then went to Asia for even more. The only reason he'd ever move back here is cheaper living after retirement. That being said, family has always been the most important thing to my inlaws.

    re the "MIL situation"
    Aw come Victoria, it is sweet and human, but the mother-in-law situation, done tastefully, could be a comedic goldmine, something which we will need too! :)

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Tue Nov 18, 07:18:00 pm GMT-5  

  • BTW, do you know the circumstances of the Obama/Robinson photo? It looks like they're awaiting bad news in a hospital. If so, then I'll STFU. But if they're watching election returns or something, it makes me grin. Please do tell.

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Wed Nov 19, 01:11:00 am GMT-5  

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