Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House
President Barack Obama and the first family enjoyed a White House tradition with thousands of families from 45 states yesterday. The Easter Egg Roll is a rite of spring event at the White House that dates back to 1878. The theme of this year’s event was “Let’s Go Play.”
Tickets were required and had a time limit of two hours. I guess you have those kinds of restrictions when you expected as many as 30,000 families to show up. It was a busy day for the White House chefs as well. They prepared healthy meals for the kids and their families and 13,000 hard-boiled eggs for the egg roll and egg hunt.
Also, there were games, storybook readings, and entertainment which included Ziggy Marley and pop star Fergie who sang her hits, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Glamorous.” Photos from the event show the president having as much fun as the kids.
Each child got to take home a souvenir gift — a painted wooden egg signed by both President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Now the National Park Foundation is offering the souvenir eggs for sale. They go for $7 each or $25 for a boxed set of four. The National Park Foundation is a charitable organization that supports America’s national parks. More information about the souvenir eggs at https://www.nationalparks.org/about/store/products/