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Obama hosts annual White House Easter egg roll

President Barack Obama stands next to the Easter Bunny during the singing of the National Anthem, at the White House in Washington. Photo: AP

In an annual family-friendly rite of spring, US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle kicked off the White House Easter Egg Roll, joining tens of thousands of youngsters and their parents in a day of racing, reading, sports and crafts on a breezy, sun-splashed South Lawn.

President Barack Obama attends the opening of the annual Easter Egg Roll festivities at the White House in Washington. Credit: AP

"We are so thrilled all of you could join us," Mr Obama said from the South Portico, flanked by the first lady, their daughters Malia and Sasha and the Easter Bunny.

Children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Credit: AP

"It's a beautiful day - perfect weather," said Mrs Obama. "There's something for everyone. I hope you put on your comfortable shoes."

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Credit: AP

The annual event, first held in 1878 when Rutherford B Hayes was president, featured traditional egg-rolling races - as well as obstacle courses, book-readings, musical performances, cooking with celebrity chefs and clowns.

President Barack Obama does pushups during the White House Easter Egg Roll hosted by the president and first lady Michelle Obama. Credit: AP

There was even a yoga garden. Officials expected 30,000 children and their parents to take part.

First lady Michelle Obama eats a taco made by chef Marcus Samuelsson during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Credit: AP