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Watch out for children, it’s Easter at the White House

April 9, 2009

Get ready for them. They’re coming. On Monday the White House lawn will be over-run with children for the annual Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme is ”Let’s go play.”

Of course this year will have its differences as President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle continue to put their personal stamp on traditional White House events.

BUSH-EASTER/In an effort to diversify the crowd, the tickets were distributed online so families from far away had a better chance to attend.

 And there were a number of tickets set aside for “diverse communities” such as gay and lesbian parents (a White House spokesman didn’t know how many). Advocacy groups such as glaad called it a “historic first.”

In 2006, religious conservatives clashed with gay and lesbian groups planning to make a political point of attending the White House Easter Egg Roll. The Bush White House stayed out of the fray.

This year thousands of other tickets were set aside for military families and public school students in the Washington area. 

The White House says (again without any specific numbers) that “there will likely be more people coming to this Easter Egg Roll than ever before.” Families are expected from 45 states and D.C.

It might have been fun to debut the much-awaited Obama dog at the Easter Egg Roll, but we have USA-OBAMA/DOGbeen assured that “there is no dog news for this week” and there will be no First Dog unveiled on Monday. Call us snoopy, but we want to know!

This just in: The White House says this year’s souvenir Easter eggs  are the “greenest” ever, not as in color but as in environmental.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Women Easter eggs at White House in 2008), Reuters/Mariana Bazo (Peruvian Hairless Dog that’s hypoallergenic)

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I had heard that DC was upset with the Obama’s because they changed they way tickets were distributed. The new way is just great from my viewpoint.

 

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