A Day at the White House With a Kid Reporter

On Monday, April 21, 2014, the day of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, I went to the White House to interview Michelle Obama. I was nervous and excited.

Here's how my day went.


I went with my mom. When I got to the White House, we had to go through security and I got a press pass. Then I was led to the Palm Room where we waited for the rest of the kid reporters -- there were seven in all (ages 6 to 13).

We were taken into the White House library, where we waited for the First Lady to arrive.



We had to wait for a while. I took some selfies.


Then, I went to the Vermeil Room, which had paintings of First Ladies on the wall. I saw Eleanor Roosevelt (this is me posing with her, below), Mamie Eisenhower, and also Jacqueline Kennedy. I learned the reason it's called the Vermeil Room is because there were lots of gilded objects in the room.

We went back to the library and when Mrs. Obama arrived we all sat down on the carpet and chatted about her Let's Move program. She was nice. You can read about my interview with the First Lady here: 3 Reasons Michelle Obama's Let's Move Progam Is Fun for Kids.

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a Kid Reporter gaggle in the White House Library during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 21, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)


After the interview, we all posed with the First Lady for a group photo.

Then, she was nice enough to give us tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll! I was so excited! The theme of the 2014 Easter Egg Roll was "Hop Into Healthy, Swing Into Shape." The First Lady told us that 30,000 people would be there (not at the same time but all day in groups). I did an Easter Egg Hunt, egg dyeing and the Easter Egg Roll. There were lots of people, but the lines moved fast! For snacks they served apples and oranges and they had water to drink. Healthy and hydrating. I didn't get to meet Bo and Sunny, but this was the next best thing ....

During my interview, I asked the First Lady whether rock climbing counted as exercise. She said it did. "Well, that’s just hard isn’t it?" she asked. "I mean so of course that’s aerobic exercise because you’re going to break a sweat trying to get up that mountain and then your hearts going to be racing because you get afraid that you’re going to fall off and kill yourself. I’m sure that burns calories, just a little fear!"

I get the feeling she was a little afraid, but I want her to know climbing is fun! There's a really good rock wall at West Point, Mrs. Obama, and any time you want to meet me there, I'll show you the ropes!


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