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George and Martha Washington became chief caregivers for Martha’s two grandchildren, Nelly and George Washington Parke Custis, who moved into the	new	president’s	executive	 mansion in New York. Martha said she “adopted [the children] to raise as my own.” In the last half of the 20th Century, the emergence of the “First	Grandmother”	was	first	 defined	by	President	Dwight	 Eisenhower, who brought his mother-in-law,	Elivera Doud, to the White House. She and the president got along famously. He nicknamed her Min after the comic strip “Ike and Min.” The president’s son John noted that his father and grandmother “constituted a mutual admiration society.” Another “First Grandmother” experiment	of	that	era	proved	 to be less successful, however. Harry	Truman’s	mother-inlaw, Madge Wallace, went to her grave thinking that her daughter Bess had married beneath her station—even after she moved with them into the White House! The current commander in chief seems to be following in the Eisenhower tradition when it comes to his relationship with	his	mother-in-law.	The	 president told 60 Minutes, “You think about Michelle’s mom, who grew up on the west and south sides of Chicago, who worked so hard to help Michelle get to where she is… She was sitting	next	to	me,	actually,	 as we were watching [the presidential returns coming in]. And she’s like my grandmother was,	sort	of	a	no-fuss	type	 person. And suddenly she just kind of reached out and she started holding my hand, you know, kind of squeezing it.” Her pride and affection for her daughter	and	son-in-law	at	that	 moment was palpable to him. Make no mistake about it, for the very private and independent Marian Robinson, living	in	the	fishbowl	of	the	 White House is a major lifestyle change	and	sacrifice.	The	days	 for this retired bank secretary are now spent shuttling the Obama girls to and from school and play dates. She is also on

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010

GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010
Contents
GRAND Treasure Hunt
I’m too young to be a grandparent!
GRAND Central
Want it? Win it!
Marian Robinson: First Grand
Around the world in 80 memories
7 travel essentials: Don’t leave home without ’em
Have health, will travel
Not so grand
Splitsville
Text-a-grand
Are you a safe driver?
Resources
GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Intro
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 2
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Contents
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - GRAND Treasure Hunt
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 5
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - I’m too young to be a grandparent!
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 7
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 8
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 9
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 10
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - GRAND Central
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 12
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 13
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 14
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 15
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Want it? Win it!
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 17
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 18
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 19
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Marian Robinson: First Grand
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 21
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 22
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 23
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Around the world in 80 memories
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 25
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 7 travel essentials: Don’t leave home without ’em
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 27
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Have health, will travel
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 29
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Not so grand
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 31
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Splitsville
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 33
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Text-a-grand
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 35
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Are you a safe driver?
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 37
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 38
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 39
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - 40
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GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - Resources
GRAND Magazine - May/June 2010 - GRAND Finale
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