Friday, May 7, 2010

Michelle Obama on Mother's Day and Her Own Mom

Here is video of First Lady Michelle Obama talking about mothers as Mother's Day approaches, and she speaks of her own "mommy," Marion Robinson. She says her mother tries to take no credit for who Michelle is and says the First Grandama is her rock, pushing her to be the best woman she can be.

Mrs. Obama started to cry as she spoke of how happy she is to have her mother live with them, helping with Sasha and Malia, and was clearly touched reflecting on three generations of her family's females living in the White House. I remember back in 2009 when folks debated Robinson's moving in the White House as though the move was worthy of controversy.

The First Lady also said that the women in our lives who mold us and are mother figures are not always our biological mothers.


lilalia said...

Thank you for posting the video. As someone who lives in a three generation household (my mother-in-law lives in an apartment across the hall from ours), I think Mrs. Obama's words carry weight not only with myself, but with my children. It is my belief that cross-generational living might become a serious alternative for our generation. Not just with biological family, but with chosen family. Mrs. Obama makes it easy to see how it might work.

Vérité Parlant is Nordette Adams said...

Thank you, Lilalia. Even though extended families splitting up and living great distances is a relatively new concept in the context of human history, some people think it's odd. I don't. And I agree with you. I think that with an aging population and shaky economies, more people will decide to share spaces.

Anonymous said...

I so enjoy listening to the First Lady. What a treasure she is. I am so proud that she is the First Lady. Happy Mother's Day to her and her Mother, and to all the wonderful Mothers out there.