137th White House Easter Egg Roll

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The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that dates to 1878. Originally, young children in Washington, DC, would flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter for egg rolling and a day of activities. Members of Congress grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds. The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was approached by young children to use his backyard to roll eggs. Nearly every Easter since, the White House has invited young children to roll eggs on the White House lawn.

Today, the Easter Egg Roll has grown from a few local children rolling eggs on the White House lawn to become the largest event held at the White House, filled with live entertainment, sports and interactive cooking demonstrations. And, of course, the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll promotes healthy and active living and is designed for children 13 years of age and under.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle announced the theme for this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll: “#GimmeFive”  Part of the President and First Lady’s ongoing effort to open the White House to as many people as possible, the event will open its South Lawn for children ages 13 years and younger and their families.   In support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to help kids grow up healthy and  have the opportunity to reach their full potential, the event will feature sports courts, cooking stations, and, of course, Easter egg rolling in addition to live music and storytelling.

National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, produces and sells the White House Easter egg.  An egg is given as a souvenir to all children 13 years and younger who attend the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, which is part of the National Park System. To place your commemorative egg order, please visit www.recreation.gov, and follow the link to the online Easter egg store.

Visit the Official White House website to view photos and videos of past events and learn more about the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Follow the Easter Egg Roll on Twitter with the hashtag #EasterEggRoll

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April 6, 2015

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137th White House Easter Egg Roll South Lawn Live Stream:  WhiteHouse.gov/live

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle delivers remarks at the 137th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll
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  1. WH

    Sunday, April 5, 2015

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    First Family attend Easter service
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  2. 137th White House Easter Egg Roll

    The White House Easter Egg Roll is a tradition that dates to 1878. Originally, young children in Washington, DC, would flock to Capitol Hill every Monday after Easter for egg rolling and a day of activities. Members of Congress grew tired of the growing crowds and passed an Act of Congress which prohibited egg rolling on the Capitol grounds. The event was moved to the White House in 1878 after President Hayes was approached by young children to use his backyard to roll eggs. Nearly every Easter since, the White House has invited young children to roll eggs on the White House lawn.

    Today, the Easter Egg Roll has grown from a few local children rolling eggs on the White House lawn to become the largest event held at the White House, filled with live entertainment, sports and interactive cooking demonstrations. And, of course, the traditional rolling of the Easter eggs. The Easter Egg Roll promotes healthy and active living and is designed for children 13 years of age and under.

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle announced the theme for this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll: “#GimmeFive”  Part of the President and First Lady’s ongoing effort to open the White House to as many people as possible, the event will open its South Lawn for children ages 13 years and younger and their families.   In support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to help kids grow up healthy and  have the opportunity to reach their full potential, the event will feature sports courts, cooking stations, and, of course, Easter egg rolling in addition to live music and storytelling.

    National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, produces and sells the White House Easter egg.  An egg is given as a souvenir to all children 13 years and younger who attend the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, which is part of the National Park System. To place your commemorative egg order, please visit http://www.recreation.gov, and follow the link to the online Easter egg store.

    Visit the Official White House website to view photos and videos of past events and learn more about the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll.

    Follow the Easter Egg Roll on Twitter with the hashtag #EasterEggRoll

    • #GimmeFive for the 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll!

      Published on Mar 19, 2015

      On April 6th, 2015, the First Family will host the 137th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is “#GimmeFive” and more than 35,000 people will gather on the South Lawn to join in the celebrations. To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll, visit http://www.WH.gov/EasterEggRoll. Information about commemorative eggs can be found at http://easter.nationalparks.org.

    • easter

      April 03, 2015

      Statement by the President on Easter

      Michelle and I join our fellow Christians around the world in observing Good Friday and celebrating Easter this weekend. With humility and awe, we give thanks for the extraordinary sacrifice that Jesus made for our salvation. We rejoice in the triumph of the Resurrection. And we renew our commitment to live as He commanded – to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. I look forward to continuing our celebration on Tuesday when I host our annual Easter prayer breakfast as we remember the teachings of Jesus in our daily lives, stand with those around the world who are persecuted for their faith, and pray for peace, justice and freedom for all people.

    • 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll: The First Lady Reads to Kids

      Published on Apr 6, 2015

      First Lady Michelle Obama reads “Oh, The Things You Can Do That Are Good for You: All About Staying Healthy (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library)”, written by Tish Rabe, at the 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll.

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      2015 White House Easter Egg Roll – Rock “n” Egg Roll Stage
      The White House

    • April 06, 2015

      Remarks by the President and the First Lady at Easter Egg Roll

      South Grounds

      10:55 A.M. EDT

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Well, happy Easter.

      AUDIENCE: Happy Easter!

      THE PRESIDENT: We are so blessed to have this beautiful day and to have so many friends in our backyard! (Applause.) And Malia and Sasha, they had a little school stuff going on today, but they want to send their love. Bo and Sunny are here, along with the Easter Bunny. And this is always one of our favorite events. We hope you guys are having fun. (Applause.)

      This is a particularly special Easter Egg Roll because we’ve actually got a birthday to celebrate. It is the fifth anniversary of the First Lady’s Let’s Move initiative. (Applause.) And to help us celebrate we’ve got the outstanding young group, Fifth Harmony, here to help us sing “Happy Birthday.” Everybody ready to sing “Happy Birthday?” (Applause.)

      All right. Fifth Harmony!

      (“Happy Birthday” is sung.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Oh, my god, that was so good! Let’s give Fifth Harmony a round of applause. Yay! (Applause.)

      Well, you guys, welcome to the Easter Egg Roll. But as you’ve heard, this is the fifth anniversary of Let’s Move. And we’re celebrating by taking over the Easter Egg Roll with Gimme Five. And for those of you who don’t know about the Gimme Five challenge, that’s the fun, exciting way that we’re trying to get the whole country to celebrate the fifth birthday of Let’s Move. And we’re asking Americans of all ages to give me five ways they’re leading a healthier life — five jumping jacks, eating five new vegetables, maybe doing a Gimme Five dance. You name it. And go on and Instagram it, #GimmeFive, and then challenge somebody else.

      We’ve had so much fun doing this challenge. Beyoncé has done it. Michael Strahan has done it. Everybody is doing it. Ryan Seacrest. So be a part of the movement. It’s fun. It’s a great way to get everybody moving.

      So I want to thank you guys for coming. I want to thank all of the staff and all the volunteers. Give it up for our volunteers — (applause) — who worked so hard to put this together.

      And I want you to enjoy this day. Take advantage of all of the great activities — the cooking stage we have over there. I’m going to be over at the main stage in a few minutes, and we’re going to be doing the Gimme Five dance with the So You Think You Can Dance all-stars and mentors. (Applause.) So I hope you guys have been learning the steps, because we’re going to do it over there in just a few minutes. So I hope you join me over there.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/04/06/remarks-president-and-first-lady-easter-egg-roll

    • President Obama Participates in the 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll

      Published on Apr 6, 2015

      President Obama participates in the signature event at the White House Easter Egg Roll. April 6, 2015.

    • 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll: President Obama Reads to Kids

      Published on Apr 6, 2015

      President Obama reads “Where the Wild Things Are”, written by Maurice Sendak, at the 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 6, 2015.

    • Have a blessed and Happy Easter yourself, CR! I love the way President Obama gets into the egg hunt. He always seems to enjoy it.

  3. Hi CR,

    First I want to say thank you for shorten my reply on the last post. When I was replying to your MLK post, I got long winded … I remembering Ava, laughing, and saying after the first edited of the movie Selma, it was 31/2 hrs long, and she wanted to give it to the studios like that because she didn’t want to cut anymore. And, everybody was saying no, you have to cut some more… So, thank you for your posts, and please edit me whenever need be.

    The White House Easter Egg Roll: It’s so cool that PBO & The First Lady have turned something that was strictly fun into something that is now both fun and healthy for the kids and their families. As people get older, most of them realize that health is wealth. I have heard some elderly people, seemingly, joke that if they had known that they were going to live so long they would have taking better care of their health. As the saying goes, it’s easier to help a child than to fix, if you will, an unhealthy adult. One would think that even the GOP could “#GimmeFive” on that logic. Whoa, so, sorry, the GOP and Logic can’t go in the same sentence anymore. As the VP would say: This is not your father’s Republican Party…

    To All Celebrating Easter: Have a Blessed Day!

    And to Every-Faith and Non-Believer: Peace-On-Earth!

    Mahalo for Post!

    • Hi Isaac,

      That is weird because I did not alter your previous reply. I really don’t know what happened.

      I hope that you have a wonderful Easter!

      Aloha,

      CR

  4. Hi CR,

    I think I know what happen to the MLK post. I think that I edited myself by putting broken lines between part II and part III. And wordpress cut it off after the broken lines. And part III of the reply with the quotes didn’t show. My Badd!

  5. Obama, first family attend boisterous Easter service

    4/5/15 afp

    Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama attended a spirited Easter service at a historic black church on Sunday, in keeping with the first family’s tradition of visiting local Washington area congregations.

    The president, his wife Michelle and their two teenaged daughters attended the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, its pews filled with congregants who could barely contain their excitement over the visit.

    “How fitting that on the day we celebrate the rising of our Lord and Savior, we also welcome our sitting president,” Pastor Howard-John Wesley said to applause from enthusiastic worshippers, whom he urged to keep their cellphones in their pockets and purses.

    “This is not selfie time,” he said to laughter. “Let the brother worship in the house of God.”

    The congregation, including the president, rose to their feet during a rousing hymn sung by the choir, with Obama bobbing his head, clapping, and swaying to the accompaniment by a live band.

    One congregant couldn’t refrain from posting a tweet.

    “Y’all…I’m worshipping on Easter Sunday with the First Family. I…LOVE…my…church. The Resurrection is indeed real,” read the message, retweeted by the Alfred Baptist Church from its own Twitter account.

    The president and his family, rather than selecting one church to frequent as some other presidents have, have attended various Washington area churches from time to time.

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  7. Americans’ Consumer Spending Rises in March to Average $86

    4/6/15 by Rebecca Riffkin – gallup

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — In March, Americans’ daily self-reports of spending averaged $86, level with the March 2014 average of $87, but below the averages for many months in 2014. Last month’s figure, however, is up slightly from February’s $82.

    Each day, Gallup asks Americans to estimate the total amount they spent “yesterday” in restaurants, gas stations, stores or online — not counting home and vehicle purchases, or normal monthly bills — to provide an indication of Americans’ discretionary spending. The March 2015 average is based on Gallup Daily tracking interviews with 15,708 U.S. adults.

    After dropping in January, as usual after the holiday season, consumer spending remained at that lower level in February. The $4 increase in March is consistent with the slight increases seen in March of every year since 2010, with the exception of last year, when spending rose in February but was flat in March. Average daily spending dropped between February and March 2008 (by $25); however, that most likely was a sign of the looming recession.

    For more: http://www.gallup.com/poll/182297/americans-consumer-spending-rises-march-average.aspx?utm_source=tagrss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=syndication

  8. Service Industries in U.S. Sustained Pace of Growth in March

    4/6/15 bloomberg

    Service industries grew in March at about the same pace as a month earlier, indicating the biggest part of the U.S. economy is holding up.
    The Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing index cooled to 56.5 from the prior month’s 56.9, the Tempe, Arizona-based group said Monday. A gauge above 50 shows expansion and the March reading matched the median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists.

    Orders accelerated in March and employment kept expanding, signaling growth will probably strengthen after a first-quarter pullback that took a toll on manufacturing. Consumers, who have had success finding jobs, are helping fuel sales at industries that account for almost 90 percent of the economy.

    “The overall fundamentals for domestic demand are still good,” said Kevin Cummins, an economist for UBS Securities LLC in New York, who correctly projected the ISM reading. “We’re seeing income growth and job growth. The recovery should continue, and be led by the consumer.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-06/service-industries-in-u-s-sustained-pace-of-growth-in-march

  9. ISM Non-Mfg Index

    Released On 4/6/2015 10:00:00 AM For Mar, 2015
    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Composite Index – Level 56.9 56.7 46.5 to 58.5 56.5

    Highlights
    The factory sector may be soft right now but not the rest of the economy, based on a very strong PMI services report posted earlier this morning and now the ISM non-manufacturing report where the headline index is at a very healthy 56.5. Strength in new orders, at 57.8, is a key plus in the report as is growth in backlog orders, at 53.5 which is relatively strong for this reading. Employment, at 56.6, is very strong and at a 5-month high.

    Breadth of strength is especially encouraging with 14 of 18 industries reporting composite growth in the month led by management services at the top and even including construction which, though the slowest of the 14, is still in the plus column. The 4 industries in the negative column include mining and also education.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

  10. How Elizabeth Warren Made Expanding Social Security Cool

    April 6, 2016 motherjones

    Warren just turned Social Security expansion—once a progressive pipe dream—into a tough-to-ignore 2016 issue.

    For years, Washington politicians and policymakers been talking about cutting Social Security benefits. The Beltway consensus, unduly shaped by deficit hawks and Wall Streeters, has been that the system is broken and must be pared back, and progressives who support Social Security have often had to play defense.

    But in late March, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the populist Democrat from Massachusetts, entered the fray—and challenged the prevailing view. In the wee hours of March 27, Warren introduced an amendment to the Senate budget resolution calling for protecting the program’s solvency and expanding Social Security benefits. And every Democrat present but two voted for the amendment; every Republican opposed it.

    A budget resolution is a set of nonbinding guidelines for how Congress should write spending bills during the upcoming year. Congress can and often does ignore budget resolutions, but they are a significant statement of priorities and principles, and the amendment process can be an important game of politics. By introducing this amendment, Warren forced senators to take a position on the popular retirement program. “This is how politics is played if you intend to play to win,” says Damon Silvers, policy director and special counsel for the AFL-CIO. “For too long, the progressive or populist part of the Democratic Party has not played to win.”

    This wasn’t the first time Warren challenged the notion that Social Security has to be cut. But the support she received from her Democratic colleagues demonstrated how her party has moved on this issue in recent years. When she entered the Senate in January 2013, both Democrats and Republicans were talking about cutting the program. The Obama administration even included a benefits cut in its proposed 2013 budget. But last month was the first time nearly every Democrat went on record to support increasing benefits. “There’s been a shift,” says Nancy Altman, the cofounder of Social Security Works, a group pushing to expand benefits. “The Warren amendment really crystallized it.”

    For more: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/can-elizabeth-warren-expand-social-security

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