President Obama, constantly managing crises abroad and at home, will have a respite for at least an hour for the White House’s annual Easter celebration.
More than 30,000 people from all over the country will come to the White House’s South Lawn for the 133rd annual Easter Egg Roll, including 3,000 from the Washington area. Special guests include singers Colbie Caillat and Willow Smith, television host Kelly Ripa and former tennis star Chris Evert.
Reflecting the Obamas’ initiative to reduce obesity, the event’s theme is “Get Up and Go” and will include yoga and basketball lessons as well a food station run by White House chefs that will encourage children to eat more healthily.
The president will deliver remarks Monday morning to kick off the event, which is one of the largest held at the White House each year.
After speaking at the Easter Egg Roll, Obama will conduct more serious business, meeting with his national security team for a closed-door session on the war in Afghanistan. He meets later with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.