It seems that the 71-year-old Robinson has made her decision: She is moving into the White House, at least for a short time, to help the family – particularly 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha – as they settle into their new home.
"Mrs. Robinson will be coming with the family to help the girls get acclimated, and she will determine in the coming months whether or not she wants to stay in D.C. permanently," Katie McCormick Lelyveld, spokeswoman for Michelle Obama, told the Associated Press.
During the presidential campaign, as the New York Times notes, Robinson cared for the kids while their parents were on the road, taking them to school and activities, cooking and getting them to sleep on time. The former bank executive secretary retired from her job to pitch in.
She has not yet decided if she will stay in the White House or eventually return to her longtime home in Chicago, where she has strong ties to the community.
"I've never lived outside of Chicago, so I don't know," Robinson said last year when asked about moving to the White House, according to the Times. "In the end, in the end, I'll do whatever. I might fuss a little, but I'll be there."