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Final Obama White House Easter Egg Roll in Pictures

buzzz worthy. . .

By Mona Austin

There are two things I wish could last forever:  perfect weather and happiness. The White House photos I offer on this page capture both.

Per tradition, the White House held its 138th Annual Easter Egg Roll on March 28, on the Monday following Easter.  This year's theme was "Let's Celebrate."   The South lawn was filled with children decked in their Sunday Best and their families enjoying a variety of activities. Along with a long list of celebs, 35,000 people were invited to the Obama's last Egg Roll. Beyoncé and family made a surprise visit with little Blue Ivy punctuating a fashion statement in her furry white jacket and bunny ears.

Speaking to the crowd before the festivities began, First Lady Obama said their last Easter Egg event was "bittersweet."  First families choose to what extent they get involved in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll--whether they want to serve as hosts only or directly participate. From the start the Obama family has been all in.  This year the  First Lady participated even more than usual. She motivated runners and pro athletes before the first ever White House Fun Run , then participated after warming up with the runners on the South Lawn. When finished they all posed for a pic on the South portico.

The mood and scene were especially sentimental  as DC was on heightened alert following a terrorist attack in ally nation Brussels, Belgium and the White House was placed on lock down after a man who called himself "a prophet of God" opened fire at the Capital.  We are living in a time of global terror and Americans can no longer  take the peaceful assembly of large numbers of citizens for granted.

On the inside of the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest carried on a press briefing when the lock down took affect and he continued on as usual.  Outdoors the festivities went on uninterrupted too.  POTUS and  FLOTUS read "Where the Wild Things Are" together at a reading station and worked  the crowd separately.  There was no indication that anything went wrong.  Just lost of smiles on a bright, sun-shiny day in Washington.   That's the story the photos tell, which reminds me  there is a third thing for which I wish -- peace on earth and goodwill toward all men. 

Here are  a few snaps from the day: