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White House Easter Egg Roll Right on Schedule
March 20, 2013

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Not joking in the least, the White House has confirmed that the annual Easter Egg roll will go ahead on April 1, despite cuts in government spending that have resulted in the cancellation of other White House features, including student tours.

More than 35,000 people are expected to join President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, on the South Lawn for a few hours of Easter fun, including cooking demonstrations, story-telling, and, of course, the hard-boiled egg roll.

The White House has already distributed thousands of the free tickets. Those who don't have a ticket can still join in the fun by buying a commemorative easter egg or five. Proceeds from these sales go to the National Parks.

The cancellation of White House tours was a result of the mandated spending cuts that went into effect as a result of the sequestration that resulted when congressional lawmakers missed an earlier deadline to agree on ways forward with the federal budget.

The first official White House Easter Egg lawn roll took place in 1878, when then-President Rutherford B. Hayes threw open the gates to the White House grounds so that neighborhood children could roll their eggs on the lawn. The annual event has come a long way since then, even being broadcast on the Internet since 1998.


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