Monday marked the final Easter Egg Roll for the first family, and they were intent on doing it right.
Storm troopers from “Star Wars” escorted the president around the White House lawn. Idina Menzel from “Frozen” sang her hit song: “Let it Go.” And 35,000 people mingled with “Sesame Street” characters and other celebrities as the sun appeared for the 138th annual egg roll.
“It’s bittersweet for us,” first lady Michelle Obama said. Telling the crowd this is her last egg roll drew an overwhelming “boo” from thousands of parents and children.
“One of the goals we had was to open up the White House to as many people as possible,” she said. The theme this year was “Let’s Celebrate!” The first lady said they are celebrating “all the great work that we’ve done.”
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Menzel opened the event, singing the national anthem on the White House balcony, surrounded by the first lady, President Barack Obama and the Easter Bunny. “Any adults who feel like they can hang, run around with me,” Michelle Obama said as she and the president left the podium.
Playing referee, President Obama blew the whistle to start the egg roll — a game of toddlers pushing an egg across the finish line with a wooden spoon. These eggs were from the 30,000 hard boiled eggs donated to the event by the American Egg Board, which also provided children with chalk eggs to write on the pavement.
Surrounded by first dogs, Bo and Sunny, Obama picked up babies and shared high fives with children. The Obamas then moved to story time after taking a small break in a tent outside the field.
The first lady asked the story time group, “Are you happy?” To screams, she replied, “Well, that’s good.”
The president then began reading the classic egg roll picture book, “Where the Wild Things Area,” complete with loud roars from Obama and the children.
Michelle Obama then read, ‘The Rainbow Fish,’ and asked the children afterwards what the moral of the story was. She then hugged all of her listeners. Meanwhile, the older Obama daughter, Malia, strolled around and welcomed visitors to her lawn.
Beyond Menzel, the event drew celebrities including basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal, D.C.-based chef José Andrés, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” rapper Silentó, D.C. radio host Tommy McFly, and “Sesame Street” characters, among others.
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