Michelle Obama’s mom after the Grammys: ‘did you meet any of the real stars’?

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My gawd, were the Grammys really just last Sunday? Doesn’t it feel like they were last year already? I was as affected by Michelle Obama’s appearance at the Grammys as the rest of you. I got a little teary at the ovation they gave her. It freaked my son out because he thought Michelle was sick, since he’s only really seen me cry was when our dog died. Fortunately, Michelle is very healthy and was reminded, once again, how beloved she is in this country. However much we want to shower Michelle with praise, Michelle’s mother, Marian Robinson, is less inclined to play along. Michelle posted some screenshots of her mom’s texts about Michelle’s Grammys appearance. Not only did her mom almost miss it, she wanted to know if Michelle had met any of the “real stars” while there:

Remove the “Grammys” from this and I’d swear this was from my own mother. Actually, that’s not true, my mother owns all the latest technology but has no clue how to use it. She’d end up calling me to tell me what she was trying to text me. But the rest sounds exactly like my mother, accusing me of not telling her something instead of her perhaps *forgetting* I had. And the “real stars” bit would be worded just so to remind me not to get too far ahead of myself. I’m not saying that was Mrs. Robinson’s intent, but it does sound like something a mom would say.

When the Obamas first took office, Michelle gave an interview in which she mentioned she made her daughters make their beds at the White House every day. She’d made the point that she wanted her girls to remember they weren’t more than anyone else in that house. I have to assume that was how Michelle was raised (and why she asked her mother to live with them on Pennsylvania Avenue). But these texts are funny, and I love that Michelle shared this with us. Especially since we all know that Michelle’s mom would have some serious words for anyone else who dared to implied her daughter wasn’t a real star.

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  1. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Totally makes me miss mom. One of the last memories I have of us is sitting with her in front of a computer about to stab forks in my eyes. Looking back, it was wonderful and comedic gold.

    • LadyMTL says:

      Moms and tech is indeed comedy gold. My mom is thankfully still around, and about 2 or so years ago she asked me if I could take a look at the mouse she used with her laptop because “it wasn’t working.” Turns out she had put in the batteries that came with it, but they were still in their shrink-wrapping. We laughed our butts off over that one.

    • Nona says:

      Same here. My mom’s been gone nearly two years, and I saved some voicemails on my cell so I can listen to them now and then. One of my favorite voicemails is my mom calling my cell, asking for the number of my cell, because the nurse she was talking to was shocked that mom didn’t have her own daughter’s cell phone number:)

  2. Peg says:

    Nothing like a family member, giving you a reality check.

  3. PhillyGal says:

    No wonder Michelle is so down-to-earth and relatable.

  4. Jerusha says:

    Oh, mothers.🤣🤣🤣🤣 The Obama/Robinson family is true class. What we had and what we now have…heartbreaking.

    • lucy2 says:

      I know, I really miss them in the White House. Remember when Republicans threw a fit at the “expense” of Mrs. Robinson living with them to help the kids? Good times.

  5. Q T Hush says:

    The Obama’s are pure class by nature and nurture. I love the mother daughter relationship. It’s so real and makes me miss my mother a little earlier than usual today.

  6. Eric says:

    To moms everywhere:

    Happy Valentine’s Day

    • PhillyGal says:

      Thanks, Eric. I also want to tell you that I actively search for your commentary on all the political posts. Don’t stop giving feedback!

  7. tealily says:

    Haha! Is that shade at the group of ladies she was out on stage with??

  8. Liz says:

    Mrs. Obama consistently hits all the high notes. She’s similar to my sister in the way she does it; very opportunistically, inserting herself at just the right time in just the right way. Michelle is quite the diplomat and I think she will eventually run for the presidency and this is a good thing, if only to get her off this vacuous relatability narrative, which can be grating.

  9. Charfromdarock says:

    Ha, my Mom would post it on her FB wall thinking she was texting this 🙃

  10. Penelope says:

    I saw her speak when she came to our city this year. She said when she told her mom she was doing a cross-Canada speaking tour, her mom asked her why all those people were spending money just to hear her talk. She responded, “Mom! Because I’M MICHELLE OBAMA!” I’m seeing her again in March. I just love her so much.

  11. Betsy says:

    After easing Michelle’s autobiography, I so badly want Mrs. Robinson to write a book, and I wish we could have met the late Mr. Robinson. Both people sounded like good people in that book.