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March 21, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Here’s a question I’ll bet nobody ever asked Jay Carney at a White House press briefing: Why does Michelle Obama’s mother live at the White House at taxpayer expense?  (If someone has asked, please send link for me to stand corrected.)

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Now that Michelle Obama’s mother has caused a disruption on the latest exotic vacation for the first lady, perhaps it is time for some answers about why Marian Robinson is even on the trip to China. Worse, why is she appearing in official photographs with Chinese officials?

Drudge is reporting in big bold lead letters that Marian Robinson is barking orders at hotel staff and generally misbehaving.

How many Americans know that Michelle Obama’s mother is living at the White House at taxpayer expense?  Not many, I’d guess.

So why does the mother of the first lady live at the White House?  Why not cousins or uncles?  Or perhaps brothers from Kenya?  After all, White House digs are better than a hut.

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Also read: Michelle Obama Says It’s ‘Very Rare’ For Her to Travel Overseas, While She Is Traveling Overseas

J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. His New York Times bestselling book is Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery).  His website is www.electionlawcenter.com. Follow him on Twitter @electionlawctr.

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Why does Michelle Obama's husband live in the white house?
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
I hate the Obamas as much as any sane person here but I cannot object to this mother-in-law situation. Having extended family (especially older female relatives) living in is healthy and wholesome and good for everybody. Granted that the Obamas are a sick bunch but why throw the baby out with the bathwater by badmouthing a vital, traditional and very healthy family configuration? There are plenty of other ways to attack the nest of vipers in D.C. but please back away from this route.
30 weeks ago
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"Why does Michelle Obama’s mother live at the White House at taxpayer expense?"

For the same reason US foreign policy is a shambles. Because Obama won't stand up to tyrants.
30 weeks ago
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OBAMA AVOIDS BIBLE VERSES !

Here are some Bible verses that Pres. Obama avoids:
Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): "It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury - how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!"
Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under "a servant who becomes king."
And Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 (KJV) advises: "let thy words be few...a fool's voice is known by multitude of words."
Although Obama is not descended from slaves, he may feel that he's destined to become a black-slavery avenger.
Or maybe an enslaver of all free citizens!
25 weeks ago
25 weeks ago Link To Comment
Just ghetto trash. Period
29 weeks ago
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"How many Americans know that Michelle Obama’s mother is living at the White House at taxpayer expense? "

I did not know it!
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
BevMar,
they pay for their groceries, dry cleaning etc personal expenses. Every other expense is paid for by the taxpayers. Including the salary of the Pastry Chef. They do not lease Air Force One from the American citizens. As far as nana goes, Barry said they brought her to the Whitehouse to help with the kids. frankly, I think it's great that she's there. She appears to have the classic mother-in-law disposition and Barry gets to see her everyday.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
Oh dear God...is there NOTHING that can't be picked apart? First, no taxpayer money is going into her being at the White House. POTUS and his family pay for their own living expenses the same as every other president and family have done so since George Washington.

So she's in China. BFD for those of you who remember what that means. Taxpayers aren't picking up the tab for her or Michelle and her daughters (cute as they are!).

Find out for yourselves what's what. Me? I've got better things to do today.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
I don't know where you get your information that they pay for food etc...we are paying for everything including their million dollar vacations..you need to do better research
29 weeks ago
29 weeks ago Link To Comment
...and who, pray-tell, is paying for all the other items you seemingly are not bringing up? Things like :
The airplanes.
The vehicles
The security details, and their hotel bills/various expenses.
The 'unseen others' in on this trip?
As for The Barry & Michelle Show paying out-of-pocket, after The A C A Debacle, what rational, objective-thinking American believes anything that comes out of their mouths, either in-person or spouted by their minions ?
They've got no credibility, BevMar.
Period.
30 weeks ago
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30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
You seem to be awfully hung up on that "no taxpayer money" is going into this residency. The Obamas are paying for their living expenses, paying for the China trip, paying for their meals, you say. They could even be paying Granny a wage as a babysitter, out of the Obama's salary.

Who pays Barry's salary?

Oh, that's right -- THE TAXPAYER. It's a shell game. Every penny of every dollar the government spends on anything and everything comes directly from us.

Game, set, match. Sorry, Bev.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
Fail.

Once he's been paid, the money is HIS, to do with as he pleases. It's none of our business.

Unless grandma is being paid directly out of the Treasury, it's none of our business.

30 weeks ago
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Yes, we're picking up the tab for the secret service to travel along with them, and I'll be willing to bet that somewhere down the line, taxpayers are footing a chunk of this bill.

What we're not footing, some crony is paying, to pay for a past or future goodie from the government at our expense.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
Maybe noone else wants her.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
You know, it does seem just a *little* goofy to get excited about Grandma living with the family.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
When she's living at your expense, that's one thing. When she's living at my expense, it's perfectly reasonable.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
True, but hauling her on one of many taxpayer-funded megatrips seems to be a bit over the top. Most noteworthy though is the notion that despite the lavish lifestyle these people are living, the expressions on their faces display how miserable they truly are. Sucks to be them. JMO.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
The family paid for the trip, not us taxpayers. FIND THE FACTS BEFORE JUMPING ALL OVER THE PLACE.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
no they are NOT paying for these trips...where do you get your information
29 weeks ago
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LOL! Why are you screeching like a lunatic?

Where do you think this family gets their money?
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
The taxpayers pay the family that paid for the trip. FIND THE FACTS BEFORE JUMPING ALL OVER THE PLACE.
30 weeks ago
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Yes, and once they are paid, it's THEIR MONEY, not ours. If he wants to spend it on bubble gum or his John Deere tractor collection, it's HIS money and it's HIS business. Not ours.

This is basic justice, Bill. Every person may spend his own earnings without having to account for it to his boss.

Time for some intellectual honesty.

30 weeks ago
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Hey worthless Bev, do you really think you're fooling us with your BS act about how the Obama's are paying for this TRIP TO CHINA?!?!?! We're not as dumb as you smug leftist's take us to be and we're going to prove it big time in November. Now go back to stuffing your face with chocolate cake. blowhard.
30 weeks ago
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Hmmm. I'm not so sure. If she's basically chaperoning the girls, I see no problem with it at all. Somebody has to, if the First Lady is going to do any official hobnobbing. It might as well be grandma.

Now, if she's really getting paid $125k per year for that "job", as some have reported, then I DO see a problem with that. And of course, the stories about her bad conduct overseas are another issue.



30 weeks ago
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How expensive do you think it is to put her up in that house? What would her room go for on the open market in D.C.?

What about her meals? Do you think she pays for her own meals, or does she always eat with the family?

Does she receive any security when she goes out alone? Water consumption, electricity, cable and internet? Think she has her own, or does she just use the government-provided services we're all paying for the immediate First Family?

Huh, it's almost as if her living expenses could be treated as a paycheck, don't you think?
30 weeks ago
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"What would her room go for on the open market in D.C.?"

Not. Even. Remotely. Relevant.

As for the rest, so what? It's their house. They can invite any guests they want, for as long as it's their house.

And I'm pretty sure there isn't a separate cable bill, etc., for grandma.

Really, Jaycen, this is pretty ridiculous.

30 weeks ago
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LAST TIME POSTING ABOUT THIS: The First Family pays its own expenses. The president gets a salary. From that and other funds they may have, they pay for their own food, etc.

The White House is the First Family's HOME and they can jolly well have anyone they want living in their own home. Don't you and the rest of us have that privilege?

If I want to have someone living in my home, which I do, then it is none of ANYONE'S BUSINESS who I have here. Who do you have living at YOUR home?

It costs NOTHING EXTRA for that grandmother to live in the home, get it.

Since we, the taxpayers, do pay for power, water, etc. for our presidents, what is the big deal? The family pays for their food, not the taxpayers.........learn what the president can and cannot do while living at his government housing before crawling up his butt.
30 weeks ago
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"LAST TIME POSTING ABOUT THIS: The First Family pays its own expenses. The president gets a salary. "

And where does this salary come from, but from us, the taxpayers?

What idiocy! You must be here just to troll. There's no way you can actually be serious. (And no, shrieking in ALL CAPS doesn't make what you say any more reasonable or true.)
30 weeks ago
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86, once your boss pays you your salary, it's YOURS. You are not accountable to HIM for how you spend it.

Obama is not accountable to US for how he spends HIS paycheck.

IF this is all coming out of HIS paycheck, then we have nothing to say about it.

IF it's coming out of the Treasury directly, only then do we have grounds to object.

30 weeks ago
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I live with my wife's mamma too.
30 weeks ago
30 weeks ago Link To Comment
You aren't the President, and I'm not paying your way (I hope).
30 weeks ago
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"So why does the mother of the first lady live at the White House? Why not cousins or uncles? Or perhaps brothers from Kenya? After all, White House digs are better than a hut."

Question: How can this quote be interpreted as anything other than racist? I am as tired as any conservative of the reflexive accusation of racism that always comes from liberals. But this remark is pure and simple racism. Maybe you could have used a photo of some African headhunters in the Lincoln bedroom? Why even bring up Kenya?

And many families have in-laws and elderly parents living with them. President Obama is a horrible failure and a perfect example of the stupidity and arrogance of liberal ideas - There is so much to attack him for - Why go after the family? Why conjure images of Africa and people in huts. It's gross, racist and the product of a small mind.
30 weeks ago
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What nonsense. How is it racism? Don't you know this man's half-brother lives in poverty in Africa?
30 weeks ago
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The author is referring to Obama's half-brother who lives near Nairobi in what can only be described as dire poverty. Follow the "hut" link.
30 weeks ago
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How can it not be interpreted as racist? Easy: remember that all criticism isn't about race.
30 weeks ago
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Nonsense. Obama's treatment of his extended family has been a public issue for years. The relative in Boston living illegally, the brother in Kenya living in disregarded squalor, these have been in the news for years. Yet this woman is living at the White House. The article raises the simple question:Why? What is the stated reason. The best I can find is an Oprah interview talking about the grandmother making sure dinner is on time and some early mentions of taking care of kids. Is that the continuing reason? Moreover, when the grandmother goes on a trip to China (paid for by the taxpayers? I don't know) and causes an incident with the hotel staff, the reasons for her presence become public issues. You have to struggle to make this a racial issue. It's not. It's one of spending and poor judgment. If there are legitimate reasons to spend the extra money and to carry her off to China, then they might outweigh the down sides. So lets hear the good side of the ledger.
30 weeks ago
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My theory? The Obama marriage is on the rocks (wonder if it ever wasn't) & momma is there as a buffer AWA there to help with the girls & provide companionship for Michelle.
30 weeks ago
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She takes plenty of extended trips without him. Might be something to that. Well, along with the pictures at Mandela's funeral.

Considering the purges and the threats of IRS (and other agencies) everywhere, I'd be surprised of there were a secret service agent's tell-all on this administration.
30 weeks ago
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It's easy to see where Michelle gets her sunny disposition.
30 weeks ago
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Not to mention smokin' good looks!
30 weeks ago
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lol !
30 weeks ago
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