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Obamas Host Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama kicked off the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House on Monday with push-ups and a “wild rumpus,” as he welcomed roughly 30,000 visitors to a sun-filled day of activities on the South Lawn.

“I want to wish everybody a wonderful Easter,” the president said as he stood alongside the Easter Bunny, his wife, two daughters and first grandmother Marian Robinson on the South Portico. “We are so thrilled that all of you could join us here today.”

The president kept his remarks short, joking that his purpose Monday morning was “to introduce the powerhouse of the White House, the one truly in charge, as Malia, Sasha and Bo all know: the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.”


“Thank you, honey,” the first lady said as she stepped up to the microphone, wearing purple pants, an orange shirt and a bright yellow sweater. “We are so excited to have you all here.  We've got a great set of activities planned for you.  There's something for everyone.  We're going to be over there doing a little egg roll.  I think the president is going to try to beat a 3-year-old, which I hope he does not,” she said to laughter from the crowd gathered below.

Monday’s festivities, a tradition that dates back to 1878 when Rutherford B. Hayes was president, included story-telling, cooking demonstrations, basketball, tennis, an obstacle course, and even yoga. All of the activities were intended to promote health and wellness, in line with Mrs. Obama’s national obesity campaign. “In the theme of this year's Easter Egg Roll, let's go, let's play, let's move,” the first lady exclaimed.

First stop, the traditional Easter egg roll. The president refereed two rounds, cheering on the children and helping them push their eggs down the South lawn. “We’ve got a winner over here,” the president shouted as one kid rolled to the finish line.  The president shook hands with the children, dressed in their finest, and offered up high-fives. “We have to get a picture with all the competitors,” he said as he corralled the little ones around him. “Everybody say ‘cheese.’”

Next, the president joined his family in reading stories to a group of children. Malia and Sasha, who are rarely heard from in public, took turns reading A Sick Day For Amos McGee, as their father watched intently beside them.

The president then offered a colorful reading of Where The Wild Things Are, which he described as “one of the all-time classics.” Obama encouraged the children to participate and join him in a “wild rumpus,” growling and gnashing their teeth along with the characters in the story. The president also let out a few loud roars. “You guys were excellent wild things,” he said before exiting the stage. “I’ve got to go to work. I’m gnashing my teeth,” he joked.

Then it was off to the court, where the president joined Mitch Richmond, Darryl Dawkins and several members of the Harlem Globetrotters in a round of “Shoot for Strength.” For every shot the president or the pros made, the kids had to do push-ups. While the president missed his first shot, when the pros made theirs, he got down on the ground and showed off his push-ups along with the kids.

“Somebody saw me cheating on my push-ups,” the president said jokingly to the press. After declaring he was “all pushed-up-out,” Obama moved on to the tennis court.

The president played doubles with a young girl against tennis pro Chris Evert and a little boy. “That’s what I’m talking about,” he said as he high-fived his teammate after she made a good shot.

Obama played for a few minutes and made sure to shake hands with the large tennis ball character on the sidelines before heading back over to take another shot on the basketball court. The determined president, an avid basketball player and fan, finally nailed it on his eighth attempt.

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First Dog Bo Invites You to White House Easter Egg Roll

Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy(WASHINGTON) -- A bunny ears-clad Bo helped President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama announce Thursday that tickets to this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll are up for grabs.

Egg-rolling hopefuls can register for tickets through the White House’s online lottery from 10 a.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Monday.

The 134th edition of the event will take place on the South Lawn of the White House Monday, April 9.  This year’s theme is “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move” in honor of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” campaign to combat childhood obesity.

More than 200,000 people applied last year, but only 30,000 were awarded tickets to join the first family in the Easter tradition that dates back to 1878.

More than 35,000 people are expected to attend the egg roll this year, according to the White House.´╗┐


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White House Easter Egg Roll: Obama Welcomes Kids, Easter Bunny

Pool Photo(WASHINGTON) -- Showing off an around-the-back layup on the basketball court and a tennis shot hit under one leg, President Obama demonstrated his sports skills while opening the day-long Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday.

“I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter. I hope everybody is having a great time here. Welcome to the White House,”  Obama said with the first family -- and Easter Bunny -- from the Truman Balcony.

The event will bring more than 30,000 people from all 50 states to the South Lawn of the White House to participate in yoga, obstacle courses, tennis, basketball, dancing, playing sports and, of course, the classic egg roll.

Hard-boiled and dyed eggs -- 14,500 of them -- were to be used between the egg roll and the egg hunt. With a whistle in hand, the president counted down kids lined up to roll their eggs across the law with large wooden spoons, blowing the whistle to start them off.

A small girl in a frilly dress trailing behind the rest got some help by the president – who coached her as she slowly rolled her egg across the finish line.  He gave a high-five to the winner but quickly declared afterwards that “everybody’s a winner.”

This is the 133rd year of the Easter Egg Roll, a White House tradition dating back to 1878 and President Rutherford B. Hayes.

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