April 09, 2012
President Barack Obama joined thousands of children and their parents Monday for an American springtime tradition - the White House Easter Egg roll.
Special guests at this year's lawn party included the Easter Bunny and U.S. Olympic champions.
And as always, the highlight was the age-old sport of the Easter Egg roll, where youngers were egged on by the president to cross the finish line first.
Joined by the first lady, Michelle Obama, and daughters Sasha and Malia, Mr. Obama read from the classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are.
He also took part in a basketball shootout contest with the Harlem Globetrotters.
The theme of this year's Easter Egg Roll was "Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move," as part of Mrs. Obama's fight against childhood obesity.
President Rutherford B. Hayes hosted the first White House Easter Egg Roll in 1878.