First lady gives White House Easter Egg Roll tickets to military kids
March 20th, 2013
06:19 PM ET
1 year ago

First lady gives White House Easter Egg Roll tickets to military kids

Washington (CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama and first dog Bo brought a basket filled with White House Easter Egg Roll tickets to military families Wednesday at the Fisher House, home for recovering military veterans and their families, in Bethesda, MD.

Obama once again rang in the first day of spring with a trip to the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The first lady spent time speaking with military parents and children, signing Easter cards and handing out "Bo" shaped cookies.

Obama also paid a visit to wounded war veterans in the hospital at Walter Reed.

Earlier this week, the White House warned that the annual Easter Egg Roll held on the South Lawn could be canceled if Congress doesn't reach a deal to fund the federal government. Though both Congressional Republicans and the White House have indicated they intend not to let that happen.

Obama did not mention to the children that the event has become a fragile political egg for the administration.

"And one other thing I come bearing. We do this really cool thing at the White House around Easter every year. It's called our Easter Egg Roll. Have you guys heard of the Easter Egg Roll,?" asked Obama.

"I brought tickets for all of you to come…So the Monday after Easter, you guys are invited to my house to hang out, okay?" Obama said.

The public has not been allowed to "hang out" at the White House since the Obama administration canceled public tours due to forced spending cuts, in Washington referred to as the sequester.

On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the egg roll was still on.

"Because we distributed tickets to the Easter Egg Roll far in advance of the actual event, we alerted all ticketholders that this event is subject to cancellation due to funding uncertainty, including the possibility of a government shutdown," Carney said.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Libertarian For RP

    She's not giving anything to these military kids. It's the hard working tax payer that is giving these youngest a well deserved fun day, so get it correct, CNN!

    March 20, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. freedom

    Easter will go on with or without the Obama's or the White House participation. This very holy day is much, much bigger than them.

    March 20, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Get ready for the right wing morons to start criticizing the First Lady for something positive!

    March 20, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  4. eagerliving

    "My house"??? No, it's not your house, Michelle. That house belongs to US.

    March 20, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  5. Pk duster

    Love you mrs obama if the easter egg event does not take place i hope the military will remember congress if the dems are the golden girls are the golden girls the gop is the walking dead

    March 20, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. Marita

    I am VERY happy to hear it! It's a lovely Tradition, especially for the children + it would have been shameful to cancel it! Happy Easter, Everyone! -@Marita.

    March 20, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  7. cbp

    Mrs. Obama has been the best supporter of military families. Wish she had been there when we were a military family. We definitely did not have support from the First Ladies.

    March 20, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. Richard Long

    Hopefully the cuts hussein put on the Army Tuition Assistance program will help cover the costs of this year's Easter Egg hunt. But if the Easter Egg hunt is cancelled it is good to know that the FDA's EBT/SNAP education program for Mexican Citizens will still get funding. Also $250 million to Egypt. And $37 million to Pakistan.
    Hopefully the obamas' trip to Martha's Vineyard doesn't get cancelled.

    March 20, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    Smart, Willing & Able, Healthy, Beautiful and Strong.
    All characteristics I want in my First Lady.

    March 20, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  10. boungiorno

    correct me if im wrong why are we talking about easter egg hunt when the world is in caos is this a distraction to overcome the political shortcomings PURE AND SIMPLY PUT WE ARE ADULTS!

    March 21, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  11. dan

    Well yesterday the stories were that Obama had cancelled this event due to lack of funding, is Michelle giving away tickets to nothing.

    March 21, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |