To mark the 136th annual Easter event, First Lady Michelle
"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," she said.
One group of egg-rolling contestants was joined on the lawn by the president and his wife, who cheered the participants on from the sidelines.
The White House expected more than 30,000 visitors during the day-long festivities, which it has hosted since the 1870s.
Amid the celebration this year, the
The week before the event, PETA released a video of three young girls demanding that the First Lady end the traditional distribution of colored hard-boiled eggs.
"How many chickens have to spend their whole life in a cage to lay those eggs?" one of the girls asked. "Please, stop using real eggs."
This year, the leftover eggs were to be distributed as souvenirs outside the White House gates by
[For the Record, 8:36 a.m. PDT April 22: An earlier version of this post had Elisabeth Galton's name misspelled as Elisabeth Golton.]