Marian Shields Robinson is the mother of First Lady Michelle Obama. She lives in the White House, only the third "First Grandmother" to do so. The other two were the mothers of Bess Truman and Mamie Eisenhower.
In 1960 Marian Shields married Fraser Robinson. A son, Craig Robinson, now Oregon State basketball coach, was born in 1962. Michelle Robinson was born in 1964. Marian stayed at home when her children were small and worked as a secretary in later years. Her husband died in 1991.
When her son-in-law Barack Obama decided to run for President, Marian Robinson quit her job in order to help out with her granddaughters, Sasha and Malia. After the election, she was said to be reluctant to leave her home and friends in Chicago to move to Washington, D.C., but has reportedly adjusted well. One of her duties is delivering Sasha and Malia to school each day. She makes some official appearances with the First Family but also goes out on her own. She protects her privacy and has given only one interview, with Essence magazine, since her move to Washington.
Marian Robinson is also grandmother to her son Craig's three children.
Robinson is said to have kept her down-to-earth nature. She does her own laundry and shopping. She still sees her Chicago friends, with whom she makes occasional trips to Las Vegas. She supports her daughter's initiatives to promote reading and to combat obesity in children. She's an especially good spokesperson for the Lets Move! initiative since she's a longtime yoga enthusiast.