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Easter Bunny most popular celeb at White House Egg Roll

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Alicia M. Cohn

On Monday, the five members of boy band the Wanted walked across the crowded White House lawn -- with no entourage and no shrieking from the crowd -- and leaned against a temporary picket fence watching children roll Easter eggs using wooden spoons for about half an hour. The chart-topping singers talked amongst themselves, took a few photos with fans, and Siva Kaneswaran -- perhaps in the spirit of April Fools' Day -- jokingly tried to get one innocent bystander in trouble by untying a rope serving as a gate.

The five Brits, much like the 30,000 children and parents expected to wander the grounds throughout the day, were waiting on the Easter Bunny, cellphone cameras at the ready when he and the first family appeared on the Truman Balcony.

Unfortunately, the president could barely see over the balcony railing. Robby Novak, the 9-year-old YouTube star who plays "Kid President" on YouTube, appeared first and introduced the Obamas.

Novak was fresh from hijacking the press briefing room, appearing at Jay Carney's usual podium in "a special video message from the president" the White House released earlier in the day.

"You're going to spend a little time in the Oval Office just fixing things up for this president, aren't you?" Michelle Obama teased Novak, who is visiting the White House for the first time for the annual event.

President Obama, the first lady, their daughters and a leashed Bo joined kids on the lawn for two egg-rolling races. Michelle Obama -- boldly wearing white pants the day after Easter -- chased an errant egg after a false start, and the president gave a hug to one crying child after a tough loss.

The president then gave a dramatic reading of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," Malia and Sasha read "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" -- both by Bill Martin Jr. -- and the first lady read "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," by Judi Barrett.

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