Obamas Host Easter Egg Roll
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2009 11:56 AM CDT
President Barack Obama blows a whistle starting the annual White House Easter Egg Roll today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama hosted his first White House Easter Egg roll today, telling the crowd it was one of his favorite traditions because “it reminds us that this is the people’s house.” To reflect that idea, the Obamas strove to have a diverse crowd, setting aside a block of tickets for gay and lesbian parents, the AP reports.

In addition to rolling eggs, the kids present could decorate them, or play basketball or soccer. “Our goal today is just to have fun,” said Michelle Obama. “We want to focus on activity, healthy eating.” But the day got off to a blooper-reel start, as the president’s greeting didn’t reach the crowd, thanks to a microphone malfunction.