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First Grandma Finally Feels at Home in White House

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    First Grandma Finally Feels at Home in White House
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    Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. "kicking and screaming" three months ago -- but now the life-time Chicagoan has finally settled into her new digs.

    The first grandmother finally feels at home at the White House.

    Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. "kicking and screaming" three months ago -- but now the life-time Chicagoan has finally settled into her new digs, her son told the New York Times.

    Robinson, 71, lives in the third floor above the Obama's living quarters and entertains friends from Chicago, dines at local restaurants and sits in the president's box at the Kennedy Center where she talks with performers, according to the Times. 

    The nation's first grandmother's busy social calendar forced the Obamas to hire a babysitter to watch Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, one night so that she could go out.

    "She has a very full social life, so much so that sometimes we have to plan our schedule around her schedule," Michelle joked last week.

    But Robinson does take the girls to and from school, helps them with homework and attends class presentations, the Times reported.

    "We're shuttling kids back and forth to play dates, just like usual, although now my mom does a little more of the shuttling than I do," Michelle said. "I'm glad to have her here." 

    The first grandmother, a retired bank secretary, was the first full-time mother-in-law to move into the White House since the Truman presidency, and when she decided to leave her Chicago bungalow to move to Washington she did it to help her daughters and grandkids get settled, the Times reported.

    She told Essense magazine recently that she is enjoying her new life.

    "I really am," she said. "You want to know why? Because my children are good parents. It make it very easy to be a grandmother when your children are good parents."