President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed thousands of children to the South Lawn of the White House on Monday morning, March 28 for the final Easter Egg Roll of his presidency.
There were over 35,00 attendees on the South Lawn. Among the lucky guests were Nigerian NBA player, Emeka Okafor, his wife and beautiful daughter, Adaeze, Beyonce and Jay-Z and their 4-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, other celebrities, staff of the White House, and others
The egg rolling began in 1878. Now the event includes storytelling, musical performances and tips from professional athletes on how to play basketball, tennis and other sports. There are even cooking demonstrations and yoga. This year, the first lady added a fun run to the mix.
“I’m going to be running around the White House with a bunch of kids and any adults who feel like they can hang,” the first lady told the crowd as the president jokingly signaled in the background that the run wasn’t for him.
The Obamas spoke from a balcony that overlooks the lawn with dogs Bo and Sunny and the Easter Bunny at their side. They then went out into the crowd for some hands-on play.
The president read the children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” a classic from 1963, and the Obamas acted some of the story out, marching enthusiastically with the kids as he read the line “let the wild rumpus start!”