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Kid President headed to White House Easter Egg Roll

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Yeas and Nays,Politics,Alicia M. Cohn

YouTube star Kid President, aka Robby Novak, is headed to the District next month for the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Even though Kid President and President Obama shared screen time in last month's video to kick off the ticket lottery for the April 1 event, the first time they speak in person could be on the White House lawn.

Novak's part in the video was filmed in Henderson, Tenn., where he lives, and his can-and-string "conversation" with Obama was pieced together in editing. The two never actually spoke, Novak's team told Yeas & Nays.

But Obama has seen Kid President's no-political-nonsense videos. (Tagline: "Don't be in a party. Be a party.") The White House team told Novak and his comedian brother-in-law Brad Montague that prior to shooting his cameo, the president watched "Pep Talk," one of Kid President's most popular videos with more than 12 million views, and that he laughed out loud at Novak's "Space Jam" endorsement.

The "Kid President" videos are a collaborative effort by Novak, who is 9, and Montague, and supported by Rainn Wilson's SoulPancake. Montague wrote and directed the video for the White House with input from Obama's team. Novak's opinionated monologues in the videos are a blend of his improvisation and Montague's scripts.

Novak and his family told us they are "excited and honored" to be included in this year's Easter egg roll lineup. As in previous years, the White House will likely release the full guest lineup the week before the event.

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