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Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother, has died at the age of 86


Marian Robinson, the mother of Michelle Obama, died «peacefully» on Friday morning at the age of 86, her family said.

Mrs Obama paid tribute to her mother in a statement at the X on Friday night.

“My mother Marian Robinson was my rock, she was always there for anything I needed. She was the same strong support for our entire family and it is with a broken heart that we announce her passing today.”

The family also made a statement Friday night.

“There was and will be only one Marian Robinson. In our grief, we are uplifted by the extraordinary gift of her life. And we will spend the rest trying to live up to her example,» the Obama family said.

Michelle Obama has paid tribute to her mother, Marian Robinson, who has died aged 86

Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother, has died at the age of 86. The couple is pictured in 2012

Mrs. Robinson became known to Americans across the country as the nation’s first grandmother after son-in-law Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election.

Despite living in the White House for her entire eight years in office, she kept a low profile.

Robinson participated in holiday events and even went on trips overseas.

She was occasionally seen at concerts in the East Room.

However, she spent most of her time with her granddaughters, Saha and Malia, who were only 10 years old at the time.

In 2018, Michelle Obama shared a never-before-seen photo with her mother to celebrate her memoir, Becoming

In 2018, Michelle Obama shared a never-before-seen photo with her mother to celebrate her memoir, Becoming

Michelle Obama, far right, stands with her daughters, Sasha, second from left, and Malia, far left, and her mother, Marian Robinson, during the 2013 inauguration ceremony for her husband, Barack Obama.

Michelle Obama, far right, stands with her daughters, Sasha, second from left, and Malia, far left, and her mother, Marian Robinson, during the 2013 inauguration ceremony for her husband, Barack Obama.

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From left, Malia, Sasha Obama, mother-in-law Marian Robinson, then First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama at the 2015 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

From left, Malia, Sasha Obama, mother-in-law Marian Robinson, then First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama at the 2015 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

«I felt it was going to be a very difficult life for both of them,» she later said in an interview with CBS News about her daughter and son-in-law Barack.

“I was worried about their safety and I was worried about my grandchildren. That’s what made me move to DC’

The family’s statement on Friday acknowledged how integral she was to the family.

“We needed her. The girls needed her. And she ended up being our rock through it all,” they said.

«She enjoyed her role as a grandmother. … And while she enforced all the house rules we set for sleeping, watching TV, or eating candy, she made it clear that she sides with her ‘grandmas’ when she thinks their parents are pretty damn strict,” the family added.

In an interview with CBS, Robinson says it was a «huge adjustment» the White House had been waiting for. staff—but eventually convinced them to let her do her own laundry.

In a throwback photo, Michelle Obama shared one with her mother, Marian, and her brother, Craig, in honor of Mother's Day

In a throwback photo, Michelle Obama shared one with her mother, Marian, and her brother, Craig, in honor of Mother’s Day

Michelle Obama, left, is seen with her parents Fraser and Marian Robinson

Michelle Obama, left, is seen with her parents Fraser and Marian Robinson

Born in Chicago in 1937, Robinson grew up on the city’s South Side.

She married Fraser Robinson, who died in 1991 of multiple sclerosis.

Together they raised a daughter, Michelle, and a son, Craig Robinson.

The former president once called his mother-in-law «the least pretentious person I know.»

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«Rather than cavorting with Oscar winners or Nobel laureates, she preferred to spend her time upstairs with the TV tray, in the front bedroom with large windows that overlooked the Washington Monument,» the family said in a statement Friday.

“The only guest she wanted to ask to meet was the Pope.

«Every step of the way, as our families have walked a path none of us could have predicted, she has remained our refuge from the storm,» Obama said.

«On election night in 2008, when the news broke that Barack would soon carry the weight of the world, she was there holding his hand.»

Former President Barack Obama credited Robinson with keeping his daughters grounded during their time in the White House.

«He’s down to earth and he doesn’t understand all the fuss,» he said in an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

“In our grief, we are uplifted by the extraordinary gift of her life.  And we will spend the rest trying to live up to her example,” the family said in a statement

“In our grief, we are uplifted by the extraordinary gift of her life. And we will spend the rest trying to live up to her example,” the family said in a statement

Michelle Obama was particularly close to her mother.

Robinson introduced her daughter in 2008 during the Democratic National Convention.

Just weeks ago, Michelle honored her mother on Mother’s Day.

She announced that an exhibit at the Obama Presidential Center museum in Chicago would be named after her.

«In many ways, she fostered in me a deep sense of confidence in who I was and who I could be by teaching me how to think for myself, how to use my own voice, and how to understand my own worth,» the first lady said in the video.

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“I just wouldn’t be who I am today without my mom.



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