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Full first family makes an appearance at White House Easter Egg Roll

April 25, 2011|By Katherine Skiba | Washington Bureau
(Jim Young / Reuters )

The annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday offered a rare appearance by the entire first family: the president, the first lady, daughters Malia and Sasha, and grandmother Marian Robinson.

Protocol dictated that the Easter Bunny was announced first, just before the first family appeared on the South Portico. 

First Lady Michelle Obama, the official hostess, was introduced by the president as someone who is "doing extraordinary work” and “also keeping me in line.”

She welcomed guests by saying, “It’s a beautiful day just for you” and urging them to get going by rolling eggs, doing yoga and trying out an obstacle course.

The first lady wore a full-skirted yellow sleeveless dress, its abstract print featuring black, white and gray.

The family dog, Bo, had his star turn later at the “Storytime Stage,” where Malia and Sasha took turns reading “Where the Wild Things Are.”

The president and the first lady then alternated reading “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” which he said they had read to the girls back when they could fit on their laps. It’s a fanciful tale about the letters of the alphabet.

Next stop for the first lady was a tent where chef Jacques Pepin, accompanied by TV stars Al Roker and Kelly Ripa, made crepes. Under Pepin’s direction, the first lady flipped crepes in a sauce pan. She also touted the benefits of healthy eating, saying it wasn’t about “deprivation,” because healthy foods could taste good.

After she left, Pepin enthused before the crowd:  “Wasn’t that terrific? I was kissed by the first lady.”

For the president, it was back to work after a 45-minute appearance.

Roker, asked later if it was crepes Mrs. Obama was making, said: “She didn’t actually make any.  She flipped a couple.”

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