Michelle Obama reunites with her SC kith and kin


Michelle Obama (center), her brother Craig (left), and the extended Robinson family in Georgetown, SC this afternoon.  

While she grew up on the South Side of Chicago, Michelle Obama’s trip this afternoon to Georgetown, SC was really a homecoming. Michelle’s grandfather, Fraser Robinson Sr., was originally from Georgetown and, while she was growing up, Michelle and her family regularly spent part of their summers visiting their extended relatives in the Low Country town.

Joined by her brother Craig, Michelle’s afternoon in Georgetown started with a reunion and some sweet tea with her cousins Connie Jones, Dorthy Robinson, and Harolyn Siau at the Robinson family home near downtown Georgetown.

The meeting also provided Michelle and Craig with an opportunity to take a look at fmaily photos Cousin Dorthy keeps on top of her piano.

After meeting with her cousins, Michelle went down the street to her grandfather’s old church, Bethel A.M.E., in historic Georgetown, where she spoke to a packed house of South Carolina Obama supporters that included over thirty-one of her own family members from the area.


During her speech, Michelle touched on the concerns that some have about whether or note Barack has enough experience to be President.

While he may not have the long Washington resume of other candidates, Michelle noted, with Barack’s background as a community organizer in Chicago — working right along side the people he sought to help — and eight years as a State Senator (more years in the kind government that’s closest to each of us than anyone else in the race) in the rough and tumble world of Illinois politics, he clearly has the kind of experience that the country needs right now.

It’s not that Barack isn’t ready, Michelle said,

The challenge for us is to ask, “What are we ready for?” This one is on us — see, we like to talk about change, but we don’t really like change. We want easy change, we want change that will make us feel comfortable, but that’s not how change happens, it’s not something that’s just going to come to you passively.

Things aren’t gong to get better when you wish for it or you hope for it: Things get better when regular folks take action to make change happen from the bottom up. Every major, historical moment in our time it has been made by folks who said “Enough,” and they banded together to move this country forward — and now is one of those times.

 Hat Tip: Obama for America


14 thoughts on “Michelle Obama reunites with her SC kith and kin

  1. Rick

    Obama has a good sista be his side; and he is a blessed man for it.

    TPJ, thanks for the friendly reminder!

    Separately, say 1 month ago, if someone told me that Obama and Hillary Clinton would be tied coming out of the 1st two primaries – with Hillary escaping NH with a narrow victory – I’d be pretty pleased 🙂

  2. Emily

    Here’s a great interview with Craig Robinson, where he talks about playing pickup basketball and what you can tell about a man’s character by how he plays the game. The video is at the 1970 mark on the timeline.

    Before they were married, Michelle Obama asked her brother to take Barack out onto the court and report back to her on what kind of guy she was dating.

    Real sports in the White House, Obama 2008!

    • I think it’s great Michelle’s family moved up , and she is where she is today. I read her families history, her grandfather worked at lumber mill in the early 1900’s in Georgetown. Funny thing my Grandfather, Phillip Rauleston Lambert ,had a Lumber mill at that same time in Georgetown, maybe they knew each other, Who knows.

  3. amycakes

    Is that the same Harolyn Siau with all the fraud check and forgery charges she pled guilty to in Georgetown county public court records? Believe so. Nice family.

  4. Andrew Wang

    Speaking of First Lady Michelle Obama:

    Michelle Obama is a racial-minority individual, and in her heart and mind she inevitably does not endorse hate crimes committed by George W. Bush.

    George W. Bush committed hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism (indicated in my blog).

    George W. Bush did in fact commit innumerable hate crimes.

    And I do solemnly swear by Almighty God that George W. Bush committed other hate crimes of epic proportions and with the stench of terrorism which I am not at liberty to mention.

    Many people know what Bush did.

    And many people will know what Bush did—even to the end of the world.

    Bush was absolute evil.

    Bush is now like a fugitive from justice.

    Bush is a psychological prisoner.

    Bush has a lot to worry about.

    Bush can technically be prosecuted for hate crimes at any time.

    In any case, Bush will go down in history in infamy.

    Submitted by Andrew Yu-Jen Wang
    B.S., Summa Cum Laude, 1996
    Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, PA, 1993

    I am not sure where I had read it before, but anyway, it goes kind of like this: “If only it were possible to ban invention that bottled up memories so they never got stale and faded.” Oh wait—off the top of my head—I think the quotation came from my Lower Merion High School yearbook.

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