White House Easter Egg Roll Gets Weird

Esther Zuckerman

The White House is really milking Kid President for all he's worth in cuteness this spring. First the YouTube sensation was a the center of the White House's big April Fool's joke, and then he welcomed the real-life president and first family to the makeshift stage Monday morning during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, which is always high on the pomp and silliness, but not always quite this awkward.

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Accompanie by an absolutely terrifying bunny, who is not new to the festivities, Kid President joined Barack, Michelle, Malia, and Sasha as they addressed the crowd at the Egg Roll, which was almost cancelled due to the sequester but ended up getting sustained by corporate sponsors and souvenirs. While Kid President was so tiny he could barely be seen from the back porch of the residence, the bunny—thought by one to be Vice President Joe Biden—loomed. After President Obama called for a round of applause for their big and little guests, the First Lady turned to Robbie Novak, a.k.a. Kid President, to praise him, adding: "You are going to spend a little time in the Oval Office just fixing things up for this president."  

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Following some participation in the actual roll portion of the Easter Egg Roll, the president proceeded with a dramatic reading of the picture book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, about letters and a coconut tree, alongside a patient Bo, who has probably had enough of this whole thing after having to pose in bunny ears. When Obama finished he told the audience, "Clearly the alphabet is full of a bunch of troublemakers," and then engaged in a discussion of climbing trees and losing teeth. 

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The Easter Egg Roll was also attended by a variety of celebrities, including the residents of Sesame Street, Quvenzhane Wallis, and boy band The Wanted.