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Michelle Obama honors her mom, South Sider Marian Robinson, at Mothers Day Tea

WASHINGTON–First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated Mothers Day at the White House early this year, with a Friday tea that honored her “mommy” Marian Robinson, who left Chicago’s South Side to move in with the First Family and others, including former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and daughters and granddaughters of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon. There were cabinet members, military spouses and “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon–not the daughter of the president, that’s Patricia, and she was there. My Michelle Obama Mothers Day Tea story is here

Click below for menu, china service, partial guest list

below, from the White House…..


Cucumber – watercress sandwiches

Smoked salmon blinis with chive creme fraiche

Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus spears

Chilled gulf shrimp with chive ailoi

Blueberry scones with White House jams

Fruit tartlettes

Lemon pound cake

White House Honey

Teas served:


Earl grey


China used:

Johnson dinner plate

George W Bush tea cup and saucer

Kennedy glassware

Vermeil Bamboo centerpiece pattern from the Jackie Kennedy era


Former First Lady Rosalyn Carter and her granddaughter Sarah Carter

Tricia Nixon Cox

Susan and Anne Eisenhower

Spouses and mothers of troops

Young women from Mrs. Obama’s mentoring program.

Bianca Bailey, Girls, Inc.

Guest: Freda Evans

Edia Pujols, Girls, Inc.

Guest: Ivanna Solano

Cherraceitta Taylor, Girl Scouts

Guest: Megan Taylor

Tina Capps, Girl Scouts

Roslyn Buford, Tennessee School for the Blind

Cynthia Nixon, Actress and cancer survivor

Guest: Christine Marinoni

Deborah Painte, Native American Training Institute

Ellen Pence, Praxis International

Guest: Audrie Pence

Anne Menard, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Guest: Frances Menard

Dalia Mogahed, Executive Director, Gallup Center for Muslim Studies

Guest: Salwa Rashad

Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, Executive Vice President, The Rabbinical Assembly

Dena Hoff, Chair, Northern Plains Resource Council

Guest: Phylis Roth

Maria Perez, Vice President, Institute for Puerto Rican/Hispanic Elderly

Guest: Evelyn Vasquez

Alethia Spraggins, The Links

Guest: Alice Spraggins

Jacqueline Moore Bowles – National President, Jack and Jill of America