First Family hosts 137th Easter Egg Roll

This post was written by culture editor Jeanine Marie.

By noon on Monday, President Barack Obama had unveiled a new family portrait, addressed the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program in the New York Times and hosted a backyard bash at the White House.

President Barack Obama waves to the press at the 2015 Easter egg roll on the South Lawn of the White House. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor
President Barack Obama waves to the press at the Easter egg roll on the South Lawn of the White House. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

About 35,000 people attended the 137th Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn, according to White House officials. The event was also a fifth birthday party For First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” health campaign, the president said, flanked by the First Lady and the Easter Bunny.

To celebrate the occasion, the First Lady asked Americans to share five ways they’re committed to healthier lifestyles on social media. Beyoncé and Ryan Seacrest have already shared #GimmeFive posts on Instagram, she said.

Children and families gathered on the South Lawn of the White House Monday for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor
Children and families gathered on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday for the annual Easter egg roll. Cameron Lancaster | Photo Editor

After their remarks, the Obamas joined about a dozen children and their families in the egg roll. Each child pushed a colorful egg across the finish line, and the prizes were high-fives, hugs and warm smiles from the Obamas.

Notable guests included television hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, chef Bobby Flay, and football players Ryan Kerrigan, Chris Baker and Robert Griffin III (better known as RG3). Sasha and Malia Obama could not attend the event because they had “a little school stuff” to take care of, the president said. But Bo and Sunny, the first family’s Portuguese water dogs, made an appearance.

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