7 Moments of Extreme Cuteness At Annual White House Easter Egg Roll

Apr 21, 2014 5:34pm

Last one there’s a rotten egg!

More than 30,000 guests gathered on the White House South Lawn today for the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll.

Here’s ABC’s roundup of the cutest moments from the egg-celent (we had to!) bash:

1. CAM ANTHONY’S GOT SOUL

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Flanked by President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Easter Bunny, a beaming 12-year-old Cam Antony — already a YouTube singing sensation — gave a soulful rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner.”

His performance was greeted by thunderous applause from the audience and oohs and aahs from the first family.

2. OBAMA GOES WILD

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The president delighted his youngest constituents with a spirited reading of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.”

In a rare display of (feigned) aggression, the president gnashed his teeth and invited the audience to do the same.

“Let’s see you guys do a ‘wild rumpus.’ How do you do a wild rumpus? There! That’s a wild rumpus right there,” the president exclaimed, pointing to a little boy gyrating in the front row. “Who else has got a wild rumpus? Go! Let the wild rumpus start!”

A few audience members were brave enough to go mano-a-mono with their commander-in-chief.

“Now, who wants to have a staring contest with me for a second? Alright. Let’s see your stare,” Obama said as he crouched, peering into the audience.

“Oh, these are – these are some wild things. No doubt about it. You guys stare as well as Max does.”

3. OBAMA UP TOP

After he finished reading, the president insisted on greeting his audience.

“C’mon, I’ll go get some high fives from folks. C’mon, high five, high five!”  said Obama, who was soon surrounded by a throng of children.

“Careful, don’t push, don’t push — no more wild rumpus!” he said. “Oh, you didn’t get a high five? Okay, all right. Here you go.”

In trademark Obama style, the president even gave a few kids a fist bump.

“What’s going on man? Gimme a bump,” he said to a bashful young boy perched in a woman’s arms.

“Oh, that’s a beautiful flower, is that for me?” the president asked, accepting a pink carnation from a little girl.

Later, he gave the posy away to another child.

“Hey sweetie, that’s for you!” he said.

4. “MONEY!”

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The first lady read also from a children’s book, “My Garden” — which, ironically given the day’s theme of “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape!” — is about a girl who grows chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and lollipops in her garden.

When Michelle Obama asked the children what they’d like to grow, if they had gardens, one shouted, “Money!”

“Nothing like puppies, they went straight for the money,” an amused first lady commented.

5. HUGS FROM MICHELLE

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After the first lady finished reading to about 50 children, she offered them hugs…so they all lined up, guided by volunteers wearing green hats.

Michelle Obama received them mall-Santa style, hugging and talking to each one briefly.

6. DO YOU WANT TO SEE YOUR MOM?
During the first lady’s children’s-book reading, a tiny girl became upset, so the first lady stopped to reassure her.

“It’s going to be okay,” Michelle Obama told her. “We’re almost at the end of the story.

The first lady asked the little girl if she wanted to go see her mom. The answer was yes, apparently, as another small girl, perhaps a couple years older, led her by hand out of the seating section.

7. BASHFUL EASTER BUNNY

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(Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)

When he wasn’t busy “hopping into health,” the egg roll’s most important ambassador, the Easter Bunny, waved and nodded as the President and First Lady welcomed more than 30,00 visitors to the South Lawn.

But when he realized he’d earned a presidential shout-out, the Bunny got bashful.

“My main and only job, other than officiating over the roll at some point, is to introduce – alongside the Easter Bunny – the person who makes this all possible … my wife, the first lady, Michelle Obama,” the President said. 

When he heard his name, the Easter Bunny put his paws to his cheeks, as if to say, “aw, shucks!”

 

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