PRESIDENT Barack Obama and his family officially opened the annual Easter Egg Roll yesterday, cheering on a large throng of children lined up for fun and games on the South Lawn of the White House.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, appeared along with daughters Malia and Sasha and vice-president Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, on a balcony overlooking the grassy area where hundreds of kids scurried for positioning for the much-sought-after egg-rolling competition.
Arrayed in front of the Obamas and Bidens was a large crowd of kids bundled up against the early-spring chill. Obama greeted the crowd, extolling the event as a great White House tradition and one that “reminds us that this is the people’s house”.
The White House allotted tickets to gay and lesbian parents as part of the effort to reach out to diverse communities. For the first time, it distributed tickets over the Internet.
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