A viewer posed a question for our Verify team about former President Barack Obama's mother-in-law: Is she getting pension?
Paul Broussard says a relative told him that Marian Robinson is getting $250,000 a year in pension for caring for the Obama children while they were in the White House.
Here's what our Verify team found:
- The story originated on a website called TheBostonTribune.com. It sounds legitimate, but it's not. The site is known for posting fake news stories and is currently not operational.
- The story claimed Obama's mother-in-law qualified for pension under the Civil Service Retirement Act. There are two problems with that claim:
- The act only applies to federal workers who started before 1987.
- Robinson was never paid by the government while the family was in the White House.
So, we can verify that this story is false.