Full Text Obama Presidency April 9, 2012: President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama’s Speeches / Remarks at the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll



Photo Gallery: The 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll

Source: WH, 4-9-12
President Obama Cheers on an Easter Egg Roller
President Barack Obama cheers on a young child as she rolls her egg toward the finish line during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn, April 9, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

After nearly 12 hours of fun and excitement, another successful Easter Egg Roll has come to a close. The day featured live music, a dance party, opportunities to participate in tennis, basketball and yoga, cooking demonstrations, and story time.

If you weren’t able to join us on the South Lawn this year, check out the gallery of images from the day and videos from many of the performances, readings, and demonstrations will be available on our YouTube channel.

Today is the White House Easter Egg Roll

Source: WH, 4-9-12
Easter Egg Roll 2012 Poster
Reed Preston Lindsey, a nine-year-old attending Anderson Elementary in Booneville, Mississippi, was the co-winner of the contest. His artwork was chosen as the 2012 Official Easter Egg Roll Poster. Reed won first place in the Mississippi Public Broadcasting writing contest two years in a row for writing and illustrating Roscoe Wants a Red Feather and Troy’s Next Stop……..Mars! respectively.

Today, the First Family is hosting the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Throughout the day, more than 30,000 people will gather on the South Lawn for games, snacks, music and, of course, the Egg Roll.

The tradition of the Easter Egg Roll dates back to 1878, when President Rutherford B. Hayes welcomed children to the White House to roll hard-boiled eggs down the sloping hills of the South Lawn. This year, some 14,500 dyed and hard-boiled eggs will be used for the game.

This year’s theme is “Let’s Go, Let’s Play, Let’s Move!” and  focuses on promoting health and wellness and encouraging children to lead healthy and active lives. Activities at today’s event include:

  • Musical performances on the Rock n’ Egg Roll Stage from artists Janelle Monae, Cody Simpson, Rachel Crow, Sesame Street, Zendaya, China Ann McClain and the McClain Sisters
  • Reading on the Storytime Stage with Robin Roberts, Julianne Moore, Jeff Kinney from Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Etan Thomas, Forest Whitaker and Bella Thorne
  • An Eggtivity Zone featuring an obstacle course, players and coaches from professional sports teams teaching kids fun ways to stay active and fit
  • Healthy eating and food demonstrations at the Play with your Food station with Chefs Andrew Zimmern, Richard Blais, Marcus Samuelsson, Paul Qui, Carla Hall, Pat and Gina Neel,; Bryan Voltaggio and the White House

Download the program and activity book for this year’s event, and catch all the fun as it happens on www.whitehouse.gov/live. Also visit the 2012 Easter Egg Roll page for more photo galleries and videos from years past.

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Easter Egg Roll 1898

All dressed up for the Easter Egg Roll in 1898. President Rutherford B. Hayes started the tradition in 1878


Remarks by the President and the First Lady at the White House Easter Egg Roll

South Lawn
The White House

10:46 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody!  (Applause.)  How about Rachel Crow?  Give her a big round of applause.  (Applause.)

I want to wish everybody a wonderful Easter.  And we are so thrilled that all of you could join us here today.  My job is very simple:  It is to introduce the powerhouse of the White House, the one truly in charge, as Malia, Sasha and Bo all know — the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.  (Applause.)

MRS. OBAMA:  Thank you, honey.  (Applause.)  My job is simple as well.  I just want to officially welcome you all to the White House Easter Egg Roll.  It is a beautiful day, perfect weather.  We are so excited to have you all here.  We’ve got a great set of activities planned for you.  There’s something for everyone.  We’re going to be over there doing a little egg roll.  I think the President is going to try to beat a three-year-old — which I hope he does not.  (Laughter.)

But we also have a wonderful yoga garden.  We’ve got some story-time guests.  We’ve got great readers here this year, as we do every year.  You can get your face painted.  We’ve got wonderful musical guests.  Rachel was amazing, and she’s a really sweet kid, which is more important.  We’ve got wonderful athletes here.  We’ve got Chris Evert — my gosh.  (Applause.)  And many, many others — the Harlem Globetrotters are here.  (Applause.)  You can do an obstacle course.  We’re going to be down at the kitchen learning how to do some healthy cooking with the — some of our celebrity chefs.

So it’s a wonderful day, and I hope you all enjoy it.  I hope you put on your comfortable shoes.  We’ve got ours on, right, all the Obamas here.

So on behalf of our family, I also want to wish you all a happy Easter and a happy Easter Egg Roll.  So in the theme of this year’s Easter Egg Roll, let’s go, let’s play — let’s move!  (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  Have a great time.  We’ll see you down there.  (Applause.)
10:48 A.M. EDT

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