Barack and Michelle Obama share devastating news: “We are heartbroken”

Michelle Obama’s beloved mother Marian has died at the age of 86.

“As a sister, aunt, cousin, neighbor and friend to so many, she was loved beyond words by countless people whose lives were changed for the better by her presence,” said Barack and Michelle Obama, brother of Michelle, Craig, and his wife Kelly, and their children, stated in part.

“She passed away peacefully this morning, and right now, none of us know exactly how we’ll move forward without her“.

Marian Robinson

Michelle later posted a tribute to Marian, who she called her “rock,” writing on social media: “My mother, Marian Robinson, was my rock, always there for whatever I needed. She was the same constant support for our entire family, and we are heartbroken to learn that she passed away today.

“We wanted to offer some thoughts on his remarkable life.”

The carousel featured a beautiful photo of Marian in recent years, as well as an obituary written by Michelle and her husband Barack, and their two daughters Malia and Sasha, as well as Michelle’s brother Craig, his wife Kelly, and their children, Avery, Leslie, Austin and Aaron.

Reflecting on his childhood in Chicago, it read: “His father, because of the color of his skin, was not allowed to join a union or work for large construction companies. and he became suspicious of a world that seemed to have little room for him. Yet many mornings he would wake the children at sunrise by playing jazz records as their alarm clock. She learned early on that even in the face of difficulty, there was music to be found.“.

U.S. President Barack Obama (L), First Lady Michelle Obama (2 R), his mother Marian Robinson and daughter Sasha (R) walk to their limousine upon arriving in Bariloche, Argentina, March 24 2016.

Marion raised Michelle and Craig, “giving them the strength and confidence to walk to school – and see the world – on their own”, with her husband Fraser Robinson, and when Barack and Michelle moved into the White House in January 2009, she moved in with them.

“We needed her. The girls needed her. And she ended up being our support through it all,” they said.

“She loved her role as grandmother. … And although she enforced the house rules we set for bedtime, watching TV or eating candy, She made it clear she sides with her “grandkids” in thinking their parents are too strict“.

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President Obama, Michelle, Sasha, Malia and Marian attend TNT Christmas in Washington 2014

However, despite the many glamorous and notable guests who may be present at any given time, “she preferred to spend her time upstairs with a TV set, in the room outside her bedroom with large windows that looked out onto the Washington Monument”, continued by Marian’s family.

“The only guest she insisted on asking to meet was the Pope.”

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US President Barack Obama’s daughters Sasha (left) and Malia (center) and his mother-in-law Marian at his inauguration in 2013

The film then shared some of his favorite sayings, including “Don’t worry about the little things” and “Know what’s truly precious,” and concluded: “In our sadness, we are uplifted by the extraordinary gift of his life.” And we’ll spend the rest of our time trying to live up to his example.”

Mr. Obama tweeted on his personal X account that “There was and will be only one Marian Robinson.”

“In our sadness, we are lifted by the extraordinary gift of his life,” he added. “And we will spend the rest of our time trying to live up to his example.”

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