138th White House Easter Egg Roll

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3/25/16 President Obama’s Easter Statement

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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: “#Let’s Celebrate!”  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.

White House 2016 Easter Egg Roll Entertainment

  • Easter Egg Rolling
  • Live Music
  • Sports Courts
  • Sesame Street
  • Cast of the talk show “The Real,”
  • Cast of the ABC television series “Black-ish”
  • Costume Characters
  • Storytime Stage
  • Play with Your Food Station
  • Hop-to-It Stage

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.

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March 28, 2016

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138th 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 138th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll
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  1. WH

    Saturday, March 26, 2016

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  2. 138th 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: “#Let’s Celebrate!” 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.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll

    • White House Eater Egg Roll: Celer

      Published on Mar 27, 2016

      This year is the 138th annual Easter Egg Roll! Presidents and First Ladies have invited generations of Americans to their backyard to enjoy concerts, activities and of course, see the Easter Bunny. Over the years, the Easter Egg Roll has changed quite a bit — we don’t use real eggs after a bit of a stink during the Nixon years – and all families, no matter who you are, where you come from, or who you love, are welcomed to roll on the lawn! Explore how the White House Easter Egg Roll has evolved over the years to become more inclusive for all Americans

    • March 28, 2016

      Remarks by the President and First Lady at the 2016 Easter Egg Roll

      South Lawn

      10:41 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: How’s everybody doing today? (Applause.) Happy Easter! You guys brought the sun out, so we appreciate that so much. This is always one of our favorite events of the year. It’s so much fun. And I don’t want to talk too long, but I do want to make sure that everybody thanks our outstanding Marine band, who does such a great job. (Applause.) I want to thank all the volunteers who have helped to make this day possible. Give them a huge round of applause. (Applause.) And I want to thank the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama! (Applause.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Yay! Thank you, honey.

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

      MRS. OBAMA: Here, you take Sunny. Hi, everybody! (Applause.) Happy Easter Egg Roll Day! Are you all having a good time?

      AUDIENCE: Yeah!

      MRS. OBAMA: It is going to be perfect weather. The sun is coming out, which is always a great omen for the day. We’re just thrilled to have you all here. Today is a little bit bittersweet for us, because this is the Obama administration’s last Easter Egg Roll.

      AUDIENCE: Aww —

      MRS. OBAMA: Yes. And if we think about what we’ve accomplished over these past seven years, it’s pretty incredible. Because when Barack and I first got here, one of the goals that we had was to open up the White House to as many people from as many backgrounds as possible. So open it up to our kids, to our musicians, to explore our culture, to expose families to healthy living, and to just have a lot of fun.

      THE PRESIDENT: And our military families.

      MRS. OBAMA: And also to our military families. I’ve got the peanut crew back here reminding me of stuff. But we can’t forget all of our military families, who we love, honor and respect, for their service and sacrifice. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/28/remarks-president-and-first-lady-2016-easter-egg-roll

    • March 28, 2016

      Remarks by the President and First Lady at the 2016 Easter Egg Roll

      South Lawn

      10:41 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: How’s everybody doing today? (Applause.) Happy Easter! You guys brought the sun out, so we appreciate that so much. This is always one of our favorite events of the year. It’s so much fun. And I don’t want to talk too long, but I do want to make sure that everybody thanks our outstanding Marine band, who does such a great job. (Applause.) I want to thank all the volunteers who have helped to make this day possible. Give them a huge round of applause. (Applause.) And I want to thank the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama! (Applause.)

      MRS. OBAMA: Yay! Thank you, honey.

      THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.

      MRS. OBAMA: Here, you take Sunny. Hi, everybody! (Applause.) Happy Easter Egg Roll Day! Are you all having a good time?

      AUDIENCE: Yeah!

      MRS. OBAMA: It is going to be perfect weather. The sun is coming out, which is always a great omen for the day. We’re just thrilled to have you all here. Today is a little bit bittersweet for us, because this is the Obama administration’s last Easter Egg Roll.

      AUDIENCE: Aww —

      MRS. OBAMA: Yes. And if we think about what we’ve accomplished over these past seven years, it’s pretty incredible. Because when Barack and I first got here, one of the goals that we had was to open up the White House to as many people from as many backgrounds as possible. So open it up to our kids, to our musicians, to explore our culture, to expose families to healthy living, and to just have a lot of fun.

      THE PRESIDENT: And our military families.

      MRS. OBAMA: And also to our military families. I’ve got the peanut crew back here reminding me of stuff. But we can’t forget all of our military families, who we love, honor and respect, for their service and sacrifice. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/28/remarks-president-and-first-lady-2016-easter-egg-roll

    • President Obama and the First Lady Read to Kids at the 2016 Easter Egg Roll

      Published on Mar 29, 2016

      The President and First lady read excerpts of their favorite books to children at the Storytime stage during the final Easter Egg Roll, March 28, 2016.

  3. easter

    March 25, 2016

    Statement by the President on Easter

    Michelle and I join our fellow Christians in observing Good Friday and celebrating Easter this weekend. This is a time to remember the sacrifices made for us and hold all who suffer close to our hearts. Yet it is also a time to rejoice, give thanks for the Resurrection, and unite with Christians around the world in proclaiming, “Christ has risen; He has risen indeed.” We wish all who celebrate a blessed and joyful Easter.

  4. Bernie Sanders ‘put a bird on it’ at Portland rally

    Published on Mar 25, 2016

    A bird flew on the podium at the Bernie Sanders rally in Portland held at the Moda Center.

    • Bank of America, Miramax, American Airlines, Uber Join Call for Repeal Of HB2

      By HRC staff March 30, 2016

      Today, HRC and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians, announced that executives from Bank of America, American Airlines, Cisco, Miramax, Uber, Google Ventures, and Braeburn Pharmaceuticals have signed onto an open letter that now includes more than 90 leading CEOs and business leaders calling on Governor Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal the radical provisions in the deeply discriminatory House Bill 2 that was rammed through the legislature last week.

      The letter — signed by dozens of CEOs from across the nation — was made public yesterday afternoon, and came only a day after Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced he would veto anti-LGBT legislation in Georgia after facing a sustained outcry from a broad chorus of advocates and companies. On Thursday morning, HRC President Chad Griffin and Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro will deliver the letter personally to Governor McCrory’s office. Griffin and Sgro have also requested a meeting with the governor on Thursday in order to discuss the very real impact this new law will have on LGBT North Carolinians. A copy of the letter and its signatories can be found here and below.

      “Discrimination is bad for North Carolina, bad for America, and bad for business,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in announcing the open letter yesterday. “These business leaders are speaking out because they know this attack on lesbian, gay, bisexual and especially transgender North Carolinians isn’t just morally wrong — it also puts their employees, customers and North Carolina’s economy at risk. For the sake of all North Carolinians, Governor McCrory and the General Assembly must act now to repeal this heinous attack on fairness and equality.”

      “North Carolina’s place as a business leader in the South is based on fairness, inclusion, and diversity,” said Equality NC Executive Director Chris Sgro yesterday with the release of the open letter. “HB 2 does not represent North Carolina values, and it weakens our competitive edge. We are glad to see our business community in the Old North State standing up against discriminatory measures like this. Governor McCrory made a mess of our state last week, and our businesses are leading the charge to repair our state to a place of fairness.”

      For more: http://www.hrc.org/blog/bank-of-america-miramax-uber-join-90-business-leaders-demanding-nc-repeal-a

  5. WH

    Sunday, March 27, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Barack Obama and the first family attended Easter service
    Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA

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  6. Obama and Family Attend Easter Service at Historic VA Church

    Mar 27, 2016, 12:37 PM ET KEVIN FREKING, ASSOCIATED PRESS ALEXANDRIA, Va. — abcnews

    President Barack Obama and the first family attended Easter service at a historic black church that traces its origins to when Thomas Jefferson was president.

    The Rev. Howard-John Wesley, the pastor at Alfred Street Baptist Church, welcomed back the Obamas, whom he described as “the gorgeous family.” The Obamas also visited the church last Easter.

    The congregation, led by a choir clad in crimson, gold and white robes, joined in song early in the service, with the pastor asking them to share introductions, “but don’t act crazy” as the hundreds in attendance exchanged hugs and handshakes.

    Many in the choir and audience smiled as they swayed and clapped to the music and sang the refrain “yes, He lives,” a reference to the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the event Christians celebrate on Easter.

    Wesley delivered a sermon that noted the suffering Jesus endured, and he encouraged the congregation to have faith that, if God could raise Jesus from the dead, he can help them get through their hardships.

    “No matter what you’re going through, you don’t have to be afraid because God can handle it,” Wesley said.

    For more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obama-family-attend-easter-service-historic-va-church-37962812

  7. WH

    Monday, March 28, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama meets with key members of his counterterrorism and homeland security team to discuss our efforts following the March 22 ISIL terrorist attacks in Brussels

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    President Obama and First Lady Michelle delivers remarks at the 138th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll
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    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at an event for Congressman Patrick Murphy
    Patrick Murphy

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    President Obama delivers the keynote at the award presentation for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting
    Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington DC

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    • POTUS podium

      March 28, 2016

      WhiteHouse.gov http://www.whitehouse.gov/live

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      138th White House Easter Egg Roll South Lawn

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      President Obama and First Lady Michelle delivers remarks at the 138th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll
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      White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

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      President Obama delivers the keynote at the award presentation for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting
      Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington DC

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      CSPAN http://www.cspan.org/

      10:00 AM ET
      New America
      Higher Education
      Panelists talked about the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and efforts to reduce student debt and improve test scores. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/407292-1

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      President Obama and First Lady Michelle delivers remarks at the 138th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll http://www.c-span.org/video/?407356-1/president-obama-first-lady-remarks-easter-egg-roll

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      State Department Briefing Spokesman John Kirby briefs reporters and is expected to respond to their questions on a variety of international topics, including Sunday’s bombing at a public park in Lahore, Pakistan. http://www.c-span.org/video/?407361-1/state-department-briefing

      1:30 PM ET
      White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press http://www.c-span.org/video/?407353-1/white-house-briefing

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      Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
      Iran Nuclear Agreement
      Panelists talked about how lessons learned from the failure of the U.S.-North Korea Agreed Framework nuclear deal in 1994 can be applied to successful implementation of the Iran nuclear deal. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/407293-1

      4:15 PM EDT
      News Conference on Capitol Hill Shooting
      U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa spoke to reporters after reports that shots were fired at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Chief Verderosa said that a man drew a gun in the security screening area and was shot and detained by police. He stressed that “there is no reason to believe that this is anything more than a criminal act.” He also said that a female bystander was being treated for minor injuries. http://www.c-span.org/video/?407395-1/news-conference-capitol-hill-shooting

  8. March 27, 2016

    Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on the Terrorist Attack in Lahore, Pakistan

    The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s appalling terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan. This cowardly act in what has long been a scenic and placid park has killed dozens of innocent civilians and left scores injured. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed, just as our thoughts and prayers are with the many injured in the explosion. The United States stands with the people and Government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We will continue to work with our partners in Pakistan and across the region, as together we will be unyielding in our efforts to root out the scourge of terrorism.

  9. President Obama to keynote Toner Prize award ceremony

    2/12/16 03:06 PM EST By HADAS GOLD – politico

    President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote at the award presentation for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting next month.

    The prize, presented by the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, honors the best national or local political reporting in any medium. The prize is named after Robin Toner, the first woman to be a national political correspondent at The New York Times, and an alumna of Syracuse.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/02/president-obama-to-keynote-toner-prize-award-ceremony-219215

    • March 28, 2016

      Remarks by the President at the 2016 Toner Prize Ceremony

      Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium
      Washington, D.C.

      7:49 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, everybody. And thank you, Chancellor Syverud for those wonderful remarks and reminding me of how badly my bracket is doing. (Laughter.) Congratulations, Syracuse. You guys are doing great. (Applause.) I want to thank Robin’s wonderful husband, Peter, and their incredible kids, Jake and Nora, for organizing this annual tribute to her memory. And I want to thank all of you for having me here this evening.

      A Washington press dinner usually means ill-fitting tuxes, celebrity sightings, and bad jokes. So this is refreshing.

      And it is a great honor to be here to celebrate the 2015 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. In this political season, it is worth reflecting on the kind of journalism Robin practiced — and the kind of journalism this prize rewards.

      A reporter’s reporter — that was Robin. From her first job at the Charleston Daily Mail to her tenure as the New York Times’ national political correspondent — the first woman to hold that position — she always saw herself as being a servant for the American public. She had a sense of mission and purpose in her work. For Robin, politics was not a horserace, or a circus, or a tally of who scored more political points than whom, but rather was fundamentally about issues and how they affected the lives of real people.

      She treated the public with respect — didn’t just skim the surface. Few reporters understood the intricacies of health care policy better. Few could cut to the heart of a tax reform plan more deeply — and analyze how it would affect everybody, from a struggling worker to a hedge fund manager. Few could explain complicated, esoteric political issues in a way that Americans could digest and use to make informed choices at the ballot box.

      Robin’s work was meticulous. No detail was too small to confirm, and no task too minor to complete. And that, too, she saw as her responsibility — the responsibility of journalism. She famously developed her own fact-checking system, cleaning up every name and date and figure in her piece — something most reporters relied on others to do. And it’s no wonder then that of her almost 2,000 articles, only six required published corrections.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/03/28/remarks-president-2016-toner-prize-ceremony

  10. Consumer Spending in U.S. Rose 0.1% in February for Third Month

    March 28, 2016 — 5:30 AM PDT Updated on March 28, 2016 — 5:51 AM PDT Michelle Jamrisko – bloomberg

    Personal spending barely increased in February and the prior month’s advance was revised down as Americans saved more of their incomes.

    Spending on goods and services climbed 0.1 percent for a third month in February, Commerce Department figures showed Monday. January outlays were revised from a previously reported 0.5 percent gain. Incomes rose 0.2 percent, pushing the saving rate to a one-year high.

    The steady and slow advances in purchases over the past three months show consumers are being cautious about over-extending themselves. Robust labor conditions and savings from cheaper gasoline are nonetheless providing a solid foundation for households, whose spending is underpinning the economy.

    “There’s still this sense of more of the same right now — the consumer is still chugging along, not really strong but not terribly weak, either,” said Scott Brown, chief economist at Raymond James Financial Inc. in St. Petersburg, Florida. “Things are a little bit softer than we’d hope to be, but still consistent with the economy growing.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-28/consumer-spending-in-u-s-rose-0-1-in-february-for-third-month

  11. International Trade in Goods

    Released On 3/28/2016 8:30:00 AM For Jan, 2016

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    Balance $-62.2 B $-62.5 B $-64.4 B to $-60.0 B $-62.9 B
    Exports % change -2.9 % 1.6 %
    Imports % change -1.5 % 1.4 %

    Highlights
    Trade in goods popped up February, with exports up 1.6 percent and imports up 1.4 percent. The total goods deficit is an initial $62.9 billion. Exports of foods were especially strong in the month as were exports of consumer goods. Exports of capital goods, by far the largest component, inched higher. Pulling back exports was a 1.3 percent decline for industrial supplies that was tied in part to oil-based price weakness.

    Imports were led by a 6.6 percent jump in consumer goods, one that hints at rising business expectations here at home. Imports of capital goods were also up and together with the gain for exports of capital goods are positives for global business investment. Imports of food were also up offsetting a decline for industrial supplies.

    For more: http://mam.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=473950&cust=mam

  12. March 28, 2016

    Readout of the President’s Meeting with Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Officials

    President Obama today met with key members of his counterterrorism and homeland security team to discuss our efforts following the horrific March 22 ISIL terrorist attacks in Brussels. The President was briefed that there is currently no specific, credible intelligence of any plot to conduct similar attacks here in the United States. The President’s team also updated him on recent expanded information-sharing with international partners and ways that the United States is working to disrupt and counter external plots emanating from ISIL-controlled territory. Additionally, the President received briefings on ongoing efforts to address ISIL’s use of the Internet to recruit followers, incite them to violence, and mobilize them to engage in attacks in the United States and abroad. The President directed his team to continue to intensify efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL and to ensure that the United States is doing everything possible to disrupt any ISIL external plotting efforts, including by continuing our strong leadership in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL.

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