Michelle Obama on the Three Generations of Women Living in the White House

By Gregory

May 7, 2010 5:24pm

ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:  While giving an ode to her own “mommy” – The First Grandmother of the United States – Michelle Obama got a little choked up.

“As our family have grown, she’s managed to expand her love for all of us. And raising our girls in the White House with my mom,” the First Lady paused, put her hand on chest, and then finished, daring herself not to try,  “oh, not going to do this — is a beautiful experience.  And the opportunity to have three generations living in the White House, it’s beautiful. “

With her mother seated at her side, the First Lady was joined for a spot of tea this afternoon for a Mother’s Day event in the State Dining Room.

She said it is impossible to measure how much her own mother, and other women in her life, have meant to her.

“We share so much as women.  The advice we’ve received from someone who cared.  The friend who helped us clear hurdles that we thought were too high.  The way our mother looked at us when we made her proud –- and when we made her not so proud.  You all know the look, right?”

Joining them were Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and her granddaughter Sarah Carter, Tricia Nixon Cox, Susan and Anne Eisenhower, Actress Cynthia Nixon, spouses and mothers of troops and young women from the First Lady’s mentoring program.

The First Lady spoke about the lives and communities enriched by everything that mothers, and mother figures, give every single day. Showing gratitude, Mrs. Obama said, is what Mother’s Day is all about.

“It’s about attempting to give back just some of the love and the care that these women have given us.  That’s really a big ticket to fill on just a single day.  I mean, when you think about it and try to do the math, I mean, do 15 or 20 sleepless nights during high school equal a bouquet of flowers? Maybe some chocolates or a brunch?   I don't know. See, the mothers with teenagers really laughed at that one. I don't quite know that yet.”

One other thing the First Lady doesn’t have to get quite prepared for yet? A White House wedding for First Tweens Sasha and Malia.  The first lady said while her and her daughter’s favorite picture is Tricia Nixon’s wedding photo in the Colonnade in the White House, don’t expect a White House wedding for any of them any time soon.

“We all stand and look at that and think about the wedding.  They’re not thinking about marriage, by the way.  Don't write that down on a blog. They just like the picture.”


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