Your South Lawn Seat To The 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. Videos And Photo Gallery Slide Show.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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About 30,000 people, including a few celebrities, are expected to crowd onto the South Lawn of the White House Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll.

 

The egg roll, now in its 136th year, will feature Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, actor Jim Carrey, singer Ariana Grande, 2014 Miss America winner Nina Davuluri, and Sesame Street’s very own Cookie Monster.

 

There also will be live performances from pop stars and the U.S. Marine Corps Band. Cam Anthony, the 12-year-old Youtube star, will sing the National Anthem at the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage.

 

The theme of this year’s egg roll is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to promote healthy eating habits in children.

 

 

Opening the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome children and their families to the South Lawn of the White House for the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

President Obama Participates in the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Obama participates in the signature event at the White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: The First Lady Reads to Kids

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama reads “My Garden”, written by Kevin Henkes, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: President Obama Reads to Kids

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Obama reads “Where the Wild Things Are”, written by Maurice Sendak, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with First Lady Michelle Obama

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

First Lady Michelle Obama is joined by chef Marc Murphy and Karan Brar, Skai Jackson, Cameron Boyce, Peyton R. List, and Debby Ryan from JESSIE at a Play with Your Food session at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Raw: The Obamas Host Annual Easter Egg Roll

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, Monday. In Obama fashion, the theme of this year’s roll was keeping young people active and healthy. Nearly 30,000 were expected. (April 21)

 

 

 

Remarks by the President and the First Lady at the Easter Egg Roll

 

South Lawn

10:34 A.M. EDT

 

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, hello everybody.  Is everybody having fun?  (Applause.)  Happy Easter.  This is the biggest event that we have at the White House all year long and it is our most fun event, because we have a chance to see families from all across the country coming through here.  My main and only job, other than officiating over the roll at some point, is to introduce, alongside the Easter Bunny, the person who makes this all possible — we love her dearly — my wife, the First Lady, Michelle Obama.  (Applause.)

 

MRS. OBAMA:  Thank you, honey. Hey, everybody.  Happy Easter Egg Roll Day.  Isn’t this exciting?  It is so wonderful to have so many of you here today.  We are celebrating the 136th Easter Egg Roll.  The theme of this year’s roll is “Hop Into Health, Swing Into Shape.”  Yes, I love it.

 

And it’s going to be a great day.  We have beautiful weather, because the Easter Egg Roll is blessed.  And we’re going to have fun stuff going on.  We’ve got the Egg Roll.  We’ve got some storytelling.  We’ve got entertainment.  We’ve got wonderful athletes and performers like Cam and so many others.  We’ve got obstacle courses and yoga and face painting and egg hunts.  It’s just going to be terrific.  As Barack said, we love this event.  This is the largest event that we do here on the South Lawn.  We’re going to have more than 30,000 people on the lawn today.

 

And we’re just thrilled that this theme is focusing on one issue that is near and dear to my heart, and it’s making sure that our young people are active and healthy.  So while you’re here, parents, look around.  You’re going to learn how to make healthy snacks that the kids will actually eat.  I’m going to be over there on the chef’s stage doing some demonstrations.

 

And I want to make sure that kids know that healthy eating and being active can be fun, because what today is about is having a whole lot of fun.  And I hope you all do that, because we want our kids to be the healthiest and the strongest they can be, so they can do well in school and live up to all of their God-given potential.  Isn’t that right, parents?  That’s what we want for you all.  (Applause.)

 

And we want to thank the Easter Bunny, as always, for being here.  And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the hundreds of volunteers who make today possible.  (Applause.)  Thank you to our volunteers who have been out here setting up the South Lawn, who are going to make sure you guys get through these activities and have a great time.

 

So you all just enjoy.  That’s all you have to do from this point on, is have fun.  And we’ll be down there to participate in the Egg Roll.  The President is going to read.  I’m going to read a little bit.  So we’ll meet you down on the South Lawn, okay?

 

All right.  Have a great time.  Bye-bye.  (Applause.)

 

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White House Easter Egg Roll Highlights 2014

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Check out the best of the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll held on the South Lawn of the White House.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Debby Ryan Reads Curious George

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Debby Ryan from the Disney Channel’s JESSIE Reads “Curious George” by H. A. Rey, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Leland Melvin Reads The Little Engine That Could

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Former NFL player and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin Reads “The Little Engine That Could” by Watty Piper, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Nina Davuluri Reads The Giving Tree

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri Reads “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Cam Anthony Performs

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

12-year-old singing sensation Cam Anthony performs on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Sesame Street Characters Perform

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Mando, Rosita, Abby, and Cookie Monster from Sesame Street perform on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll Stage at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Alexandra Guarnaschelli

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Celebrity Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli shows kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Maneet Chauhan

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Celebrity Chef Maneet Chauhan shows kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Jim Carrey Reads How Roland Rolls

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Actor Jim Carrey Reads “How Roland Rolls” by Jim Carrey and Rob Nason, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: Play with Your Food with Sam Kass and Super Sprowtz

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Executive Director of Let’s Move! and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy Sam Kass is joined by Super Sprowtz to show kids how to prepare an easy snack that’s also healthy and delicious at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

2014 White House Easter Egg Roll: DJ Lance Reads Let’s Use Our Imaginations! (Yo Gabba Gabba!)

 

Published on Apr 21, 2014

Actor DJ Lance Reads “Let’s Use Our Imaginations! (Yo Gabba Gabba!)” by Irene Kilpatrick and Mike Giles, at the 2014 White House Easter Egg Roll. April 21, 2014.

 

 

 

 

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President Obama Seeks Inmates Worthy Of His Commutation Power


 

By Jueseppi B.

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From The Associated Press:

 

Obama Seeks Inmates Worthy of Commutation Power

 

By NEDRA PICKLER,  Associated Press

 

President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.

 

Obama has directed the Justice Department to improve its clemency recommendation process and recruit more applications from convicts, White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler said Tuesday.

 

Most recently, Obama reduced the prison time for a man facing longer time behind bars because of a typographical error. The commutation of Ceasar Cantu’s sentence from 15 to 11½ years demonstrates “the importance of clemency as a fail-safe mechanism” for those who run out of options, Ruemmler said.

 

“The president believes that one important purpose can be to help correct the effects of outdated and overly harsh sentences that Congress and the American people have since recognized are no longer in the best interests of justice,” Ruemmler said Tuesday at New York University’s law school. “This effort also reflects the reality that our overburdened federal prison population includes many low-level, nonviolent offenders without significant criminal histories.”

 

Cantu is only the 10th inmate Obama has granted a commutation. He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and money laundering after prosecutors said he used his Houston trucking company to help move tons of marijuana from Mexico through Texas and into Virginia.

 

He was sentenced in Danville, Va., in 2006 by U.S. District Judge Jackson Kiser, who based his decision on a pre-sentencing report that had a critical error in “base offense level” that takes into consideration the crime’s severity and the defendant’s criminal history to come up with a sentencing guideline. The report correctly listed Cantu’s level at 34 in one part, but incorrectly listed it at 36 in the portion that calculated a recommended sentence of up to nearly 22 years.

 

Kiser noted at sentencing that although Cantu didn’t have a criminal record, the quantity of drugs involved in his case deserved a sentence within the recommended guidelines. The judge told Cantu the best he could do was sentence him at the bottom of the guideline. But if the calculation had been correct, the bottom of the guideline would have been 3½ years less.

 

The White House said Obama decided to grant clemency because it was the only way to correct the mistake.

 

Obama commuted only one sentence in his first term, causing critics to charge that he was being too stingy with his power. Last December, Obama cut time for eight defendants sentenced under old guidelines that treated convictions for crack cocaine offenses more harshly than those involving the powder form of the drug. Critics blamed the disparity for longer sentences being handed to black convicts, and Obama changed the sentencing standards for future cases beginning in 2010.

 

Ruemmler said the administration believes there is a larger pool of meritorious candidates for both pardons and commutations, and encouraged both types of applications. A pardon forgives a crime without erasing the conviction, typically after the sentence has been served. A commutation leaves the conviction and ends the punishment.

 

 

Follow Nedra Pickler on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nedrapickler

 

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The White House Blog


 

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The White House Blog

Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act

 

One of my most treasured possessions, which hangs in my office in the West Wing of the White House, is a letter from the late Senator Ted Kennedy, sent during the immigration debate of 2007. He sent a lot of them, thanking and encouraging those of us who were fighting for reform after a difficult loss. He had a way of reminding you that the opportunity to fight for something meaningful was a gift, and to take joy in doing work that serves others.

 

Senator Kennedy was a giant of the Senate who devoted his entire life to serving his country. The very last time I saw him was in the hallway in the West Wing, five years ago today, as he made his way to visit with President Obama who was about to sign the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. National service was one of the great causes of his life, one which truly exemplifies the ideals that he lived every day of his nearly 50 years in the Senate.

 

The Serve America Act is the most sweeping expansion of national service in a generation. The bipartisan legislation expands AmeriCorps – which celebrates its 20th anniversary later this year – to historic levels and directs it toward tackling national priorities, investing in social innovation, and making it easier for people of all ages to participate in the ongoing process of national renewal. Senator Kennedy reminded us that “we do not have to compel citizens to serve their country. All we have to do is ask – and provide the opportunity.”

 

I’m proud of President Obama’s efforts to advance the role of service in addressing our national challenges – by directing his Cabinet to expand their use of national service; by creating new positions through innovative initiatives such as FEMA Corps and School Turnaround AmeriCorps; and by integrating service as a strategy into other priorities such as expanding economic opportunity through Promise Zones or rebuilding Detroit.

 

There is more to be done, but the President and all of us here at the White House are proud to honor the five-year anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act and celebrate a hero’s legacy by enabling more Americans to serve.

 

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Join Us to Celebrate Three Years of #JoiningForces

 

Three years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces, a national campaign to rally all Americans to recognize, honor, and support our men and women in uniform and their families.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden participate in a Joining Forces nurses event in the Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., April 11, 2012. Joing them on stage is Navy Lieutenant Commander Pamela Wall. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden participate in a Joining Forces nurses event in the Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pa., April 11, 2012. Joing them on stage is Navy Lieutenant Commander Pamela Wall. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

 

And people around the country are stepping up. From a business owner making a commitment to hire veterans to a neighbor volunteering to a classroom making care packages, people across the country have found ways to show their support for service members and their families in all kinds of ways.

 

Celebrate the anniversary of Joining Forces with us by sharing a message on social media, and finding ways to get involved.

 

On Wednesday, April 21, the First Lady and Dr. Biden are heading to Fort Campbell to speak to service members, families, and employers at the Veterans Jobs Summit and Career Forum. Then, the First Lady and Dr. Biden will answer some of your questions about the initiative.

 

Do you have a question about Joining Forces? Tweet it, Facebook it, or Instagram it and the First Lady might answer this week. You can start asking questions right now using the hashtag #JoiningForces.

 

Send a tweet with #JoiningForces to say thanks:

 

Happy anniversary @JoiningForces! Let’s do our part to serve our troops as well as they’ve served us: http://go.wh.gov/u6aaxo #JoiningForces

Take a moment to thank our troops and their families. Send a message through the @the_USO → http://go.wh.gov/xBbeMZ #JoiningForces

To our troops, veterans & military families: Thank you for your service and sacrifice. We’ve got your back. #JoiningForces

Join me in saluting our men and women in uniform & their families. Thank you for all you do. #JoiningForces

I’m #JoiningForces with @FLOTUS & @DrBiden to serve our troops & military families in my community. Join:http://go.wh.gov/u6aaxo

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We the Geeks: Extreme Science

 

Our nation is built upon a legacy of discovery, innovation, and ingenuity – forged over centuries by creative minds, inventors, and thinkers who inspire American citizens, and especially young people, to discover and solve problems in the world around them.

Throughout history, these STEM all-stars have gone to great lengths—including to the heights of Earth’s atmosphere; the depths of our oceans, and into the far reaches of space—in order to unlock new discoveries and expand the frontiers of knowledge. These “extreme” scientists and engineers conduct their work atop mountains and volcanoes, in frigid temperatures, at high speeds, and on the ocean floor – all in pursuit of new insights that will push the boundaries of science and technology.

On Tuesday, April 22 at 4:00 pm ET, the White House will host a new episode of We the Geeks on extreme science. Tune in to this Google+ Hangout to hear from some incredible scientists who are doing research at the edges of the Earth and beyond in pursuit of extreme science!  You’ll hear from an all-star line-up, including:

Viewers can join the conversation by asking questions on Twitter using #WeTheGeeks. And you can view the hangout Tuesday at 4:00 pm ET by visiting www.WhiteHouse.gov/WeTheGeeks.

 

This Google Hangout is part of an exciting week of activities at the White House in celebration of National Science Week! Other Science Week activities include:

 

  • On Tuesday, watch “We the Geeks: Extreme Science” and stay tuned to OSTP’s blog and twitter account (@whitehouseostp) as we amplify Earth Day, and how science plays a critical role in protecting the planet and building a sustainable future for our kids and grandkids.

 

  • On Wednesday, in response to the President’s call for “all hands on deck” to improve STEM education in America, OSTP will welcome a number of leaders from the STEM education community to the White House to provide share ideas and input about how the Administration and members of the private, philanthropic, non-profit, and education sectors can work together to improve STEM learning for students across the country.

 

  • On Thursday, OSTP Director John Holdren, President Obama’s Science Advisor, will kick off a preview of the USA Science and Engineering Festival along with hundreds of DC-area high school students at the Washington Convention Center.

 

  • On Friday, John Holdren and other senior White House officials will welcome a group of STEM youth ambassadors to the White House for a candid conversation about STEM learning and challenges and opportunities facing our Nation’s young scientists and engineers.

We hope you’ll join us as we geek-out during Science Week! Start by tuning into “We the Geeks: Extreme Science” this Tuesday at 4pm ET by visiting www.WhiteHouse.gov/WeTheGeeks and join the conversation on Twitter using #WeTheGeeks.

 

Danielle Carnival is a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy. Bess Evans is Senior Policy Advisor for Public Engagement at the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.

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Viewer Sees Story About D.C. Student in Need, Agrees to Foot Most of Bill for Ivy League Summer Program


Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:

Zach Wood, Peggy Cafritz

WASHINGTON – Last Wednesday, WUSA9’s Bruce Leshan did a story about Zach Wood, a young man from one of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods who got admission to some of the country’s most prestigious summer college programs, but couldn’t afford to go. He had turned to raising donations at a gofundme.com page.

Later that day, viewer Peggy Cooper Cafritz called the station and said she was willing to foot the rest of the bill. She told us she was moved by Zach Wood’s story, but says she was also frustrated that money was going to be the reason why he didn’t get to take advantage of a great opportunity. With Wood about $5,000 to $6,000 short of his goal, she says she couldn’t just sit back and watch.

Cafritz told Wood that the money comes with few, very simple conditions. Most importantly, she wants Wood to keep in touch long after the…

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