The President at the Easter Egg Roll Opening

April 13, 2009 | 2:10

The President and First Lady speak at the 2009 Easter Egg Roll, a White House tradition since 1878 and the largest public event held at the White House since the day after the Inauguration. (public domain)

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Remarks by the President and First Lady at Easter Egg Roll

Office of the Press Secrectary
For Immediate Release                                                 April 13, 2009
South Lawn
10:25 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody -- that's Malia, our technical advisor. (Laughter.)
It is wonderful to see all of you today. Welcome. I hope everybody had a wonderful Easter. This is one of the greatest White House traditions because it reminds us that this is the people's house. And to see so many children out here having a great time just fills Michelle and myself and the entire family with a whole lot of joy.
So I'm not really in charge here today. My sole job, in addition to thanking Fergie for that wonderful rendition of our National Anthem and thanking my buddy, the Easter Bunny, for being here, is to introduce my First Lady, your First Lady, Michelle Obama. (Applause.)
MRS. OBAMA: All right -- okay, it's working. Welcome everybody. I don't have much to say. I want to welcome you all to the 2009 White House Easter Egg Hunt. Yay!
Our goal today is just to have fun. We want to focus on activity, healthy eating. We've got yoga, we've got dancing, we've got storytelling, we've got Easter egg decorating. Oh, we've got basketball -- (applause) -- a little soccer, as well. And we want everybody to think about moving their bodies, get out -- we don't have tennis; it's on the tennis court -- the peanut gallery back here. (Laughter.)
So the goal today is to have fun, to get out and play. And let's get things started with the Easter Egg Roll. Thank you all for coming today. Have fun. Thanks so much. (Applause.)
10:27 A.M. EDT

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