At The White House Easter Egg Roll
The South Lawn became a playground for a day.
The kids were playing on the luscious, green grass on the White House’s South Lawn while the media went right to work, snapping pictures of everything. Cameras clicked away, the sound mixing with the shouts from thousands of families dressed in spring colors. It was Easter Monday on April 5, 2010, when the First Lady and her family hosted the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll.
As part of the press at the event, I was also snapping away. I stood on a rented ladder to get a better view. I got an added advantage: as the only Kid Reporter there, I got a really good place. I was asked a lot if I could see OK.
I think the most unusual activity of the day was the egg-rolling. It’s not every day that you roll eggs in somebody’s backyard, let alone on the South Lawn of the White House with the President! There were also peeping eggs (eggs that made a sound) for those with disabilities so everyone could play.
It was so cool watching kids of all ages having fun with the egg-rolling and all the other activities. As a member of the press, I didn’t get to do any of the activities. Being a kid didn’t help out any in that respect!
Besides egg-rolling, kids could play basketball with the President (his favorite) or play tennis (my favorite). Tennis star Billie Jean King was there giving pointers, as was Winter Olympian Apolo Ohno, and some really big Redskins football players!
And there were reading stations featuring Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and the President. In the press area, we couldn’t hear what the President was reading, so as he walked back to the White House, questions flew at him about what book he read.
“Green Eggs and Ham,” he said, “The classic.”
PHOTO: Kid Reporter Alexandra Zhang on her rented ladder in the press area at the White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 5, 2010. (Photo Courtesy Alexandra Zhang)