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Obamas team up for eggs-acting event

Thousands of kids and their parents swarmed the White House grounds Monday for the annual tradition of rolling Easter eggs across the South Lawn.

"I hope everybody is having a great time here," President Obama said in kicking off Monday's event. He was joined on a balcony overlooking the sun-drenched South Lawn by his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and mother-in-law, Marian Robinson.

Michelle Obama said it was "pretty amazing" that a record 30,000 were expected to attend. All 50 states and Washington, D.C., were represented, according to the White House.

"We are so excited about this year's Easter egg roll," she said. "The theme is 'Get Up and Go!' because, as you know, I'm a big proponent of getting up and going, making sure we're moving and eating healthy, and this Easter egg roll reflects all of that."

She urged participants to enjoy all the activities, including story time, obstacle courses, yoga, dancing, tennis and basketball with professional athletes as well as the traditional rolling of pastel-colored hard-boiled eggs across the plush lawn.

With his family and the Easter bunny looking on, Obama blew a whistle to start one of the traditional egg-rolling races.

"Is everybody ready? Everybody feels good about their form?" he asked.

As the race neared an end, one girl was left rolling her egg long after the others. Obama encouraged her and then helped her flip her egg across the finish line.

The first couple split up to visit different stations on the White House grounds. Obama spent a few minutes at both the basketball and tennis courts.

Cheered on by youngsters and former NBA star Darryl Dawkins and current Washington Wizard Nick Young, the president took a pass from Alana Beard of the WNBA Mystics, dribbled through cones, did a behind-the-back dribble and tossed in a layup. It was the only basket Obama attempted.

Michelle Obama visited the Kid's Kitchen for a healthy cooking demonstration by celebrity chef Jacques Pepin along with TV personalities Al Roker and Kelly Ripa. She also shared her love of fresh produce, as youngsters munched on apples and pears.

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