Obamas host Easter Egg Roll under sunny skies

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama cheer and laugh as they host the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, Monday, April 21, 2014, on the South Lawn of the White House is Washington. Thousands of children are gathering at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama kicked 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/Carolyn Kaster)

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

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.

The president and his family celebrated Easter with a visit to a church a few miles from the White House. The Obamas received a standing ovation during the welcome, with dozens of worshippers gathering around to shake the Obamas' hands and take pictures.

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