"Where The Wild Things Are"
U.S. President Barack Obama reads from the book "Where The Wild Things Are" with first lady Michelle Obama and his daughters Sasha and Malia during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House April 9, 2012
May 8th, 2012
11:22 AM ET

"Where The Wild Things Are"

(CNN) - Maurice Sendak, author of the classic children's book "Where the Wild Things Are," has died, a spokeswoman for Harper Collins Publishers said Tuesday. He was 83.

The president and his family read the famous book to a group of kids at this year's Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn.


Topics: Easter Egg Roll
Easter at the White House
April 8th, 2012
02:39 PM ET

Easter at the White House

The Obama family decided to keep it local Sunday morning, walking just across Lafayette Park to St. John’s Episcopal Church for Easter services.

“Happy Easter, everybody” the president said on the way to church, holding hands with his younger daughter Sasha as he walked by the press pool.

During the service the Rector, Rev. Dr. Luis Leon spoke about the mystery of Easter and the resurrection, comparing it to the global economy, neither of which he said he understands. "You ruin it if you try to explain it," he said. "It can't be explained."

Music from a sound check ahead of Monday’s Easter egg roll could be heard on the White House North Lawn as the Obama family walked back from services. Unfortunately this writer is not hip enough with the tween scene to recognize the artist.

An early Easter
April 4th, 2012
06:50 PM ET

An early Easter

Easter came early for some of the military families at the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. And, it was First Lady Michelle Obama who came bearing pastries from the White House. Bo, the first dog dressed in bunny ears accompanied the first lady on her visit.

“It is always one of my favorite things to do, to come to the Fisher House,” said the first lady holding a basket of Easter cookies, “This house is a home away from home for so many of our military families.”

The Fisher House is a refuge for veterans and their families as they receive medical care at Walter Reed. On Wednesday, 19 of those families took part in making arts and crafts, with the first lady on hand to spend some time chatting and signing autographs.

The families are among the 73 that live on the premises at Walter Reed, there are 57 Fisher Houses across the country in total.

Wednesday’s event is a part of Mrs. Obama’s campaign to bring recognition and support to military families. It’s been a year since the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden kicked-off their “Joining Forces” initiative, and next week the two will hit the road on a two-day tour (which will include an appearance on the Colbert report, while in New York City) to celebrate its one year anniversary.

As she departed Mrs. Obama bid everyone adieu until Monday, when they will gather again, amongst many other revelers, for the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House South Lawn.

Easter Egg Roll Suspense
The first family at the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll.
April 2nd, 2012
01:52 PM ET

Easter Egg Roll Suspense

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. FULL POST

Ready Set Roll
March 1st, 2012
11:52 AM ET

Ready Set Roll

The White House Easter Egg Roll is just around the corner. It is scheduled for April 9th and 35,000 people are expected to attend.

Today the White House announced the theme “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move”. The games and activities are geared to promote the idea of living an active healthy life.

Bo is featured this year on one of the souvenir eggs and The White House has dressed him up in a video promoting the event. (link to video)

A lottery for tickets to the Egg Roll will be open today and close on Monday March 5th at 10am. (link to site)

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.

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