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President Barack Obama and the First Family – wife Michelle; daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7; and their grandmother Marion Robinson – kick off the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday. When the President had trouble with a microphone before the event, Malia stepped in to save the day, leading her father to introduce her as his "technical adviser."
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HE'S ALL EARS!
The most powerful man in the world chatted up the world's most powerful rabbit, the Easter Bunny, at the all-day event, which featured a concert and other activities like yoga, soccer, break-dancing, jump-roping and the traditional Easter Egg roll.
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President Obama also read a classic children's book, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, for kids lucky enough to attend.
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The President offered his encouragement to the littlest participants of the annual event, which was first hosted by President Hayes in 1878. According to The New York Times, Obama called the egg roll "one of the greatest White House traditions."
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First Lady Michelle Obama explained this year's theme, "Let's Go Play," from the Truman Balcony before the event. "We want everybody to think about moving their bodies," she said. "The goal is to have fun and to get out and play."
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HOP TO IT
And that's exactly what President Obama did, helping a young boy with his jump shot. And because all that playing works up an appetite, chefs were on hand serving up turkey burgers and guacamole, mango smoothies and other healthy dishes.
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Pop star Fergie serenaded the crowd – including First Daughters Sasha and Malia Obama – with her hit songs "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Glamorous," as well as the national anthem. "It was a special moment in time as I got to see Michelle, Malia and Sasha dancing and singing with me to my songs," the singer told PEOPLE of the egg roll performance.
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