Annual White House Easter Egg Roll
April 25th, 2011
01:45 PM ET

Obamas kick off action-packed Easter Egg Roll

WASHINGTON (CNN) – With the Easter Bunny at their side, the first family opened up their backyard to 30,000 people from all 50 states for the annual action packed Easter Egg Roll on Monday.

As Colbie Caillat sang the national anthem, President Obama appeared on the Truman Balcony overlooking the South Lawn with the first lady, their daughters Sasha and Malia, and his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson.  “I want to introduce somebody who is doing extraordinary work helping military families, making sure everybody’s up and moving," Obama said as he introduced his wife, whose “Let’s Move!” initiative, a program designed to combat childhood obesity, inspired the theme of this years egg roll, “Get Up and Go!”

“Everybody ready? Everybody feel good about their form,” the president asked the young contestants a few minutes later just as he blew the whistle to kick off the egg rolling competition.  Malia and Sasha joined their father as he high-fived the eventual winner of the first race, and posed for pictures along with the Easter Bunny and Mrs. Obama.

There was also a station where White House chefs, along with a few celebrity guest chefs, used their expertise to help prepare and demonstrate healthy cooking ideas.  Mrs. Obama took part in a cooking class with Al Roker, and Chef Jacques Pepin as they demonstrated how to make healthy crepes. As she took turns flipping a crepe in a pan, the first lady told her guests about Sasha’s love of searing foods under the tutelage of White House chefs, and that it was still possible to enjoy great tasting food while eating healthy.  She said she was working with her organization to find ways to make local farm markets more affordable and accessible.

Physical activity was also part of the theme, and professional basketball players Nick Young, Darrel Dawkins, and Elena Beard were on hand to help practice layups on the White House basketball court.  President Obama joined tennis greats Chris Evert and Patrick McEnroe on the White House tennis court for a tennis clinic.  On his way back inside the White House, Obama told the press he had played a little tennis with Evert, but did not win.

Tickets for the Easter Egg roll were distributed through an online lottery system.  The tradition dates back to 1878.


soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Gerry

    No doubt the Teapublicans will say that rolling of eggs is a Marxist ritual heralding in the onset of heathen socialism.

    April 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      No, but why is he there if not campaigning. Muslims don't believe in Jesus.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
      • Che-3

        Midget Tea Baggar, you're trying toooooo hard to be an idiotic Bigot it's amazing!

        Native American Deportation Order To You and your stupid IKS: If you’re NOT a Native American (The original owners of this Land called USA) get the HECK out and go back to your country in Europe.

        April 26, 2011 at 12:35 am |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        iT JUST SO Happens my grandfather and grandjmother were both Cherokee Indians. i have a right to be here. IT is you who were sold into slavery by youR bros. They didn'rt want YOU EITHER. sO GO BACK IF YOU CAN THE POT IS STILl WAITING.

        April 26, 2011 at 3:10 am |
      • EatRunDive

        The ability to post should not be confused with having something worth saying.
        Failing to limit your posts indicate that you have lots of free time.
        Opinions are fine and all, but there comes a point where it becomes obvious that you just enjoy seeing your name.

        April 26, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      No instead it appears it's the gathering of the u-bangy-u tribe.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  2. kimberly

    LOVE this family! So refreshing to see a young mom in the White House that represents! Shes amazing!!! I think I may even like her more than her husband! hmmm- nah! I think the President is doing a great job! I cant wait to see where he takes us during his next term

    April 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      Dream on sister about a scond term. This manure pusher has had his chance he has failed. And what does Big hipps represent? How to get to be a Rhino hipped without eating.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    Wow! Sounds like a great time – and cool that the weather cooperated! I just love our First Family!

    April 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  4. Monster Zero

    How could anyone continue to support this clown? Amazing...

    April 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Juan

      Yeah right, like the repubs can do better than President Obama.

      April 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        OMG pick someon out of the crown then you have him.

        April 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        Yeah we can. You people had betteer too if you know what's good for you.
        A Coil of Rage

        The character of any man is defined by how he treats his mother as
        the years pass .... need I say more about this person below other than
        there is no character, no integrity but there is a ton of attitude and arrogance that defines his shallow past and hollow future ..... I rest my case.

        I bought and read Audacity of Hope. It was difficult to read considering his attitude toward us and everything American. Let me add a phrase he used to describe his attitude toward whites. He harbors a "COIL OF RAGE". His words not mine.

        THIS IS OUR PRESIDENT
        Is anyone out there awake?

        Everyone of voting age should read these two books: Don't buy them,
        just get them from the library.

        From Dreams From My Father:

        "I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."

        From Dreams From My Father :
        "I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race."

        From Dreams From My Father:

        "There was something about her that made me wary, a little too sure of herself, maybe and white."

        From Dreams From My Father:

        "It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names."

        From Dreams From My Father:

        "I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself:
        the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela."

        And FINALLY ............ and most scary:

        From Audacity of Hope:

        "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in
        an ugly direction."

        If you have never forwarded an e-mail, now is the time to do so!!!
        We have someone with this mentality running our GREAT nation!
        Keep your eye on him and don't blink.

        I don't care whether you are a Democrat, a Republican, a Conservative or a liberal, be aware of the attitude and character of this sitting President.

        April 25, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • sara

      "clown?" they're sitting in congress without a job plans ans threatening to take away my medicare. Now, those are the "clowns"!

      April 25, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        WHAT MEDICARE? yOU HAVE TO WORK FIRST TO QUALIFY FOR MEDICARE. HOW MANY TIMES A YEAR DO YOU VISIT THE EMERGENCY ROOM AT THE EXPENSE OF THE TAXPAYER. YOU THINK THAT OBAMACARE IS GOING TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING. WELL THEY ARE IN OBAMA'S STIMULAS PACKAGES WHERE HE BOUGHT OUT THE CAR MFGS. AND THE BANKS WAS A LITTLE BILL PASSED UNNOTICED THAT MEDICARE PANELS WOULD BE SET UP FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL USING IT WOULD BE EVALUATED EACH YEAR AND THE EVALUATION SENT IN FOR THE PANEL TO DECIDE YOUR LIFE EXPECTANCY AND HOW MUCH THEY WILL SPEND ON YOU. THESE ARE THE DEATH PANELS PALIN WARNED YOU ABOUT. BUT YOU PEOPLE WERE TOO STUPID TO HEED. GO BACK AND LOOK UP PAGE 666 ON THE STIMULAS BILL. WHAT ELSE DOES 666 REMIND YOU OF?

        April 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • James, AL

      I support the president because he is authentic and represents the best in our country. Not perfect, but a great man and an excellent president.

      Might I add, I am no novice!

      April 25, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        NO, YOUR NO NOVICE BUT AN IDIOT YOU ARE. WHAT MAKES YOU NOT A NOVICE. WHAT AUTHORITY DO YOU SPECAILIZE IN. CLEANING STABLES?

        April 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      He is about as authentic as his non stop teleprompter campaign speeches. Any jobs plan that Congress could possibly come up with is crushed by not only the deficit and lack of a true budget but the overwhelming debt that interest alone in 2010 equated to some 450 billion dollars, more than the Fed spent on a cumulative number of our domestic spending programs including Homeland Security. Any and I mean ANY Republican or Independent is far better than this ZERO.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
      • Che-3

        Idiot, your imbecilic mentally challenged GWB couldn't read nor write BASIC English; yet you voted for him. This President is intelligent and SMARTER than ALL US President put together. Yes, he can write his own speech and also read effectively from a teleprompter which makes you very ENVY and JEALOUS whilst most GOP presidents couldn't. Other than giving cowboy jokes to serious issues simply 'cos they happen to be mentally challenged and have NO Freaking clue what they are talking about. Due to their mental intellectual deficiencies they could hardly read from a teleprompter unlike Pres. Obama. It only becomes a problem for you and your RACIST IKS when a Black President does it so efficiently unlike your imbecilic mentally challenged Presidents. Does Reagan, Nixon and GWB ring a bell?

        April 26, 2011 at 1:09 am |
      • Joseph

        Sorry you lose big time on this argument.

        April 26, 2011 at 1:09 am |
    • ThinkAgain

      Gaylon Barrow: Hate to break it to you, but the stimulus bill ("American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" H.R. 1) has only 647 pages ... the amended version that passed the House, has 680 pages. Page 666 of that document is all about changes to the Energy Independence and Security Act 2007, including such exciting tidbits as, "‘(1) 34 percent to eligible units of local government–alternative 1, in accordance with subsection 5 (b); ‘(2) 34 percent to eligible units of local govern ment–alternative 2, in accordance with subsection 8 (b);’’.

      You need to take your meds and settle down ...

      April 25, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
    • Che-3

      Well your name says it ALL. A REAL uncivilized MONSTER living amongst normal and intelligent people of this civilized world. You think like a GOP Midget!
      At least this Pres. is more intelligent than ALL US presidents put together. And there is nothing you could do about it. Eat your heart out!

      April 26, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  5. CBR

    No doubt there are some who would criticize an opportunity to open the White House to young children for Easter egg rolls and hunts. Those who have difficulty accepting the reality of this event will be hostile to every good idea that the Obama's have. Just how would you describe this negativity – I know my own thoughts partisanship at its worst.

    April 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  6. Beverly NC

    President Obama's daughters are just beautiful. What a lovely family they are. They are the true example of family values, Christian love, care, and those who work for the betterment of others.
    How easy it is for Republicans to do NOTHING but sit around and criticize. NO solutiions except killing Medicare, lowering taxes for the rich even more, and the Ryan "plan" which economists say will actually raise our debt as Republicans sit and play games and try to blackmail President Obama over the debt ceiling. Republicans are more than willing to keep destroying America to pass their BIG GOVERNMENT/NO PERSONAL RIGHTS agenda that gives everything to their Corporate bosses and bankrupts the working and middle class.

    April 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      IF THEY'RE SO LOVELY WHY DO THE RICH OF YOUR CLASS BUY THE BEST LOOKING BLONDE MONEY CAN BUY TO HANG ONTO THEIR ARM.

      April 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      You forgot to mention the reason why the Ryan plan will add to the deficit: All the cuts he proposes are offset by further tax cuts for the rich. Typical hypocritical BS from the Repubs ...

      April 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      Beverly, not to let the cat out of the bag but I think they have pretty well already succeeded at bankrupting the private sector middle class responsible citizens...the only one's I know anymore without a worry are the government employed.

      April 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Wow, President Obama and his family represent what we all know as "family values" and that is pleasing in the eyes of God.

    April 25, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      But not ALLAH!!!

      April 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  8. sara

    Family Values and it is FAKE!

    April 25, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • kimberly

      FAKE? REALLY? What a bitter bagger you are sara.... loser!

      April 25, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Che-3

      You voted for imbecile and mentally challenged GWB who could even read of the his platform of "Family Values". What a hypocrite? Like a typical RACIST white, you hate smart Black Folks. Don't ya?

      April 26, 2011 at 12:45 am |
      • Monster Zero

        How would you know who any of us voted for, our racial views or even our ethnicity? Argument? Seems to me it was an attempt opened with an insult to anyone with an opposing view followed by the old libtrard use of racism, then on to baseless rant.

        How about this, Herman Cain and Allen West 2012!

        April 26, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  9. MJ

    Too bad they didn't find any oil. "Beverly" must be enjoying all the Government Entitlements. What is wrong with Americans being successful? Why should they be made to feel guilty for working hard, paying taxes, employing others, and living a life without Government hand-outs? Obama has no problem charging thousands of dollars a "plate" at his fund-raising events ... the same rich people (including himself) who he bashes for being selfish and greedy.

    April 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • KO

      You're right, all those CEOs who worked hard at pumping money into their golden parachutes while driving their corporations and employees off a cliff into financial ruin really shouldn't feel guilty at all. Nor should they feel guilty about enjoying their their Bush-era tax cuts created purposely to bolster the economy and create jobs while employing oversea workers at abysmally low wages instead of creating jobs for Americans. Nothing wrong with that at all.

      April 25, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        At least these people pay taxes and do not rely on welfare, food stamps, free health benefits at the emergency room. Instead they set on their porches smoking weed and drinking wine. Staling watermelons at night.

        April 25, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • MJ

      I am talking Small Business. Those who have started a Company and are working hard to succeed. This affects the true American with a dream. Not every Corporation is a "rich" money-sucking, greedy, tax evader, self-oriented business. They employ individuals and pay taxes and benefits. Not everyone has to be on welfare to be a "Good American". Some choose to work for a living.

      April 25, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  10. nintex

    How can anyone honestly criticize the First Family? What a breath of fresh air they are! The whole family is always smiling – that says something right there! Michelle Obama is using her position as First Lady to so much good for this country! Those who find fault with everything the President does are just plain jealous of him and his wonderful family.

    April 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  11. Sickofhisarrogance

    Based on how he is handling the economy these kids should get used to eggs since that is all they may be eating for the next year and a half. If this guy gets re-elected get ready for $7 or more for gas and substantially higher prices on everything else

    April 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  12. Monster Zero

    Here you go dolts...
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtVbUmcQSuk&w=640&h=360]

    April 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Were you concerned about the debt when Bush took us into two wars while cutting taxes on the rich, something unprecedented in our nation's history? Were you concerned when Reagan ballooned our deficit up to 50% of our GDP (it's about 24% now)?

    April 25, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      I believe Congress takes us into a war and Congress votes on the tax rates, at least they use to, you know the same ones Obama extended and then took us into a third war. .Although I guess you could call the war by another catchy buzz word name and then they are just a UN Policing actions or sanctioned assassinations by the US government of a foreign leader.

      Where was I back then? Why I was gainfully employed as a professional, how I relish the memories.

      April 26, 2011 at 8:13 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Monster Zero: Here's your solution:

    1. Eliminate the Bush tax cuts; the rich, by definition, have more than enough money.
    2. Eliminate the $60 BILLION a year oil industry subsidy.
    3. Raise the FICA income limit from $106,000 to $250,000.
    4. Close the corporate loopholes that allow companies like GE that make billions in profit to pay no federal income tax, even though they utilize our infrastructure (roads, bridges, airports, highways, utilities, police/fire/EMT, and expect an educated populace to work for them and buy their products).
    5. Collect unpaid taxes on income off-shored by the rich.

    April 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Most of the items in number 4 are covered under property tax. Are you sure that GE did not pay state, county property taxes?

      April 25, 2011 at 11:59 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      Don't you know anything other than tax and spend solutions, what you have prescribed is nothing more than a frontal assault on anyone that has acquired wealth? Who do you think creates commerce in America and do you not think that as the Corporations reinvest their monies into research and development it creates more commerce, are those included in your loopholes? Do you not think that Corporate monies are taxed at the individual level and spent on providing services jobs for others? You could tax the top taxpayers right now 100% and it would still not be enough to reduce our debt of 14.3 trillion dollars. Do you not get that nearly 50% pay zero in taxes yet receive the bulk of the benefit, billions spent on the IRS bureaucracy annually to extract hard earned money from the general populous yet they can't track down and illegal with a false social security number or an illegal employer?

      How about this as a far more viable solution:
      Remove Obama and replace him with a LEADER that understands Capitalism and economics, a LEADER that was not spawned out of the ideologies of Marxism and Socialism with a subdued hatred for the founding principles of America and "typical white folks" that cling to their guns and bibles.
      Get all military personnel out of the Middle East
      Tap our Domestic Natural gas and Oil Reserves
      Deregulate EPA somewhat to provide a base for domestic industries and manufacturing
      Close our borders and deport illegals that have bilked our social services for billions
      Cut the useless entitlement programs and privatize the others for efficiency
      Reduce the Federal Government
      Get the economy back on track in a sustainable manner

      Sounds like a winner to me and millions of others that will be voting in 2012.

      April 26, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  15. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.

    PARDON A CHANGE OF SUBJECT......OUR FAVORITE CLOWN, "THE DONALD" SAYS THAT OUR PRESIDENT WASN'T BORN IN THE U.S.,......WHEN THAT DIDN'T FLY, HE SAID THE PRESIDENTS BIRTH CERTIFICATE WAS ODDLY "MISSING'......WHEN THAT WENT NO WHERE, HE IS NOW SAYING THE PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ADMITTED TO AN IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL BECAUSE HE WAS A "LOUSY STUDENT' AND QUESTIONS HIS EDUCATION !!! . BARACK OBAMA, GRADUATED FROM COLUMBIA U.., .WENT ON TO HARVARD WHERE HE GRADUATED MAGNA CUM LAUDE AND WAS PRES. OF THE LAW REVIEW.!!!!!!!! MR. TRUMPS EDUCATIONAL RECORDS SEEM TO BE VAGUE, OF COURSE.!!!!!!!

    April 26, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      BULLCRAP! What you said is a downrigfht lie. He never graduated. MAGNA CUM LAUDE. You got to be kidding. If he was so smart why was his LAWYER DEGREE TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM AND MICHELLE.

      April 26, 2011 at 3:04 am |
  16. norma wilkinson Long Beach Cal.

    AM I THE ONLY ONE ' SICK TO DEATH OF DONALD TRUMP'????

    April 26, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      No it is we who are sick of Obama and you slobbering supporters of his. Go bang on the wodden log drum. The witchdoctor is coming.

      April 26, 2011 at 11:53 am |
  17. Enough is Enough

    Its about time Obama found something he is capable of managing.

    April 26, 2011 at 9:25 am |
  18. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Oh now, where's all of the 'pointing out' of REAL lies, hate, bigotry, and racism Gaylon Barrow spews? That fool's one of the most illiterate racists on this blog and has been showing his stupid supremast behind on here for months, claiming to be a CHRISTIAN? a 30 year retired veteran? He claimed no problem with blacks! They 'served' in the ARMY together! RIGHT! Oh! I guess not. He and his 'class' used them as bullet-stoppers! He's one hate-filled person, and you have the gall to try to call me out as one?

    April 26, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Mind you this is from a person, Liz Carter, that said she was taught by her elders to think that black men work harder than white men. hate is hate, black or white. If you view one group as less than another simply because of their skin color you are a racist. If you vote for someone because they are black is that the same as not voting for someone because they are white?

      April 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  19. Monster Zero

    Liz-Even though I oppose Obama and his ideologies vehemently, I have to agree with you on that one!

    April 26, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  20. Liz Carter in Georgia

    'If you view one group as less than another simply because of the color of their skin you are a racist'. That is and has been the truth and sentiment of much of the white society here in AMERICA, towards blacks as well as other non-whites. That just maybe why we have had to work so hard to prove ourselves and it still meets with disappointment and dismissal oftentimes! Right now, Barack Obama is a great example of my view!

    April 26, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  21. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I guess we voted for the last 8 or 9 'cause they were white, huh? That is crazy to think that one wouldn't want to vote for ones own self for a change; especially when we saw nothing but excellence in the man. If he had been a fool, there are many AFRICAN AMERICANS who would have casted their votes elsewhere! We were used to voting for white men anyway. We'd have just tried to pick the best of the mess, as we've always done. Someone we thought may have had at least some of our interests at heart!

    April 26, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Yes that is what I have been saying that you voted for him because he is black. Not because of his ability, just his skin color. I do not think you would want someone to use that criteria to pick an employee. Where is Dr. King's promises in that? Did he not want us to see past a man's color?

      April 27, 2011 at 6:27 am |
    • Jay in NC

      "Someone we thought may have had at least some of our interests at heart!" how did that work out for you? Isn't black unemployment at a all time high? Can you name a single legislative, or executive directive that has helped people based on their skin color?

      April 27, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  22. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Will you please read my last comment with some comprehension! When did I make the statement that you quoted me on? I made it after I said many of us would've just voted for a candidate of the dominant race. I said we were used to voting for white men anyway; we would have just picked 'Somebody we thought may have had at least some of our interests at heart'. Ex:Had Michael Steele been running against McCain with the views he portrays daily through the media, many of us would have voted for McCain and hoped!

    April 27, 2011 at 12:17 pm |