Kids fill White House lawn for annual egg roll


President Obama — and the Easter Bunny — watch children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
April 22

First lady Michelle Obama applied a healthful-eating theme to this year’s Easter Egg Roll as she and President Obama led the annual festivities Monday on the South Lawn of the White House.

Under sunny skies, the first lady said the emphasis of the 136th Easter Egg Roll would be keeping young people active and healthy. She spoke from the White House’s Truman Balcony, with the president and the Easter Bunny at her side.

Moments later, the president read Maurice Sendak’s book “Where the Wild Things Are” to a group of youngsters. He mimicked the book’s monsters by gnashing his teeth and growling.

The event also featured music, sports and cooking demonstrations in addition to the traditional egg roll.

Featured entertainment included singers Ariana Grande and Candice Glover and Washington’s Sierra Roundtree, 12, who performs as DJ Beauty and the Beatz.

About 30,000 people attended the event, which was first held at the White House in 1878.

Associated Press

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