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Spring tradition: Obamas hosting annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House

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WASHINGTON — First Lady Michelle Obama is applying a healthy-eating theme to this year's Easter Egg Roll, as she and President Barack Obama lead the annual festivities on the South Lawn of the White House.

PHOTO: Throngs of children and parents gather on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 21, 2014, for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Thousands of children are gathering at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will kick off the festivities on the White House South Lawn. This year's event features live music, cooking stations, storytelling, and of course, some Easter egg rolling.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Throngs of children and parents gather on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 21, 2014, for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Thousands of children are gathering at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will kick off the festivities on the White House South Lawn. This year's event features live music, cooking stations, storytelling, and of course, some Easter egg rolling. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Under sunny skies with mere wisps of clouds overhead, the first lady said the emphasis of the 136th Easter Egg Roll would be keeping young people active and healthy. She spoke from the White House's Truman Balcony, flanked by the president and an Easter bunny.

Moments later, the president read Maurice Sendak's children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are" to a group of youngsters, growling and gnashing his teeth and at one point challenging them to a staring contest.

The White House was expecting 30,000 to take turns participating in the event on the South Lawn.

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PHOTO: Colorful eggs await the throngs of children attending the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 21, 2014, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Thousands of children are gathering at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will kick off the festivities on the White House South Lawn. This year's event features live music, cooking stations, storytelling, and of course, some Easter egg rolling.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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