The anticipation is building for some 30,000 kids and their parents for this year's 134th annual rite of spring at the White House: The Easter Egg Roll.
Now just one week out and the White House is teasing us with snippets of information.
Monday they released the much anticipated list of costumed characters who will be prancing around the White House lawn.
There are all the usual suspects like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Clifford the Big Red Dog and the Cat in the Hat.
But they'll be joined by movie characters, Alex the Lion from Madagascar 3 and those Penguins of Madagascar who are described on their website as an "elite strike force with unmatched commando skills." Hmm, the Secret Service might take exception to that!
The First Lady is putting her imprint on the festivities tailoring the activities to promote health and wellness keeping with this year's theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” Michelle Obama's signature "Let's Move" initiative tackles the problem of childhood obesity.
In addition to the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs on the South Lawn, kids will be able to play on sports courts, participate in dancing and cooking activities all geared to encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
As for the entertainment, The White House is planning to release the Easter Egg Roll talent they've booked all week via @LetsMove on Twitter to build the excitement. In past years Justin Bieber, Colbie Caillat and the cast of the television show "Glee" have performed. Guess we'll just have to wait and see if "the Bieb" makes a return performance this year!
What a fun day. This is a tradition that goes back a long time but the Obamas have made it very special. Lets see what the repo jerks have to say.
Can't seem to let a positive story stay positive, huh?
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You can't believe aithynng that comes from Obama's lying mouth, especially about his own mother.Now, you can do a time-line and you will come away with the impression of Obama watching his dying mother pour over insurance form after insurance form, is nothing but a fairy tale.Ann Dunham returned state-side in early 1995 and died the same year from ovarian cancer. But Obama was in Chicago, teaching at the university, and no where in his book does he mention returning to Hawaii to be with his ailing mother. He DOES talk about getting there too late as he did not get to Hawaii before she died. As a matter of fact, nowhere does Obama talk about returning to Hawaii after he left to attend Occidental University. Again, when his grandmother was dying, he was too late chosing to stay on the campaign trail instead of being by her side.It was not until 2007, when he was in full-blown campaign mode, that Obama spun the tall of his ailing mother laboring over insurance forms, insurance that she obviously had obtained AFTER she was diagnosed with cancer. The government will never be a good arbitor of your medical care. Medicare, of all insurers, has the highest rate of claim denials, over 6% compared to UHC's 2+%. So what happens when the bureaucrats decide that since a person is dying anyway, just deny them the painkillers ? Maybe they will select to call Dr. Kovorkian, or in this case, Dr. Eziekel Emanuel, who subscribes to physician assisted suicide. If the pain is great enough, you will agree to be strapped into Old Sparky just to end the pain.But the point is clear: what Obama can't achieve legislatively, he will achieve through agency fiat.While you are kissing your nation good-by, kiss your ass good-by as well, since your worth is now going to be determined by the communal good.Reply
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