Obama White House book faves: "Green Eggs and Ham," "Horton Hatches The Egg"
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama gave a rousing joint reading of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham to a gang of about 25 super excited kids at the White House Easter Egg Roll today. The President told the kids the Dr. Seuss book is "a classic."
"I'm going to try to do the best rendition ever of Green Eggs and Ham," President Obama said.
And he did, with much gesticulating, and First Lady Michelle Obama acting as a one-woman Greek chorus, leading the kids in a call-and-response to the book. Mrs. Obama also tossed in sound effects and echoed the green-eggs promoting character, Sam I Am: "Try it! Try it!"
Mrs. Obama is very familiar with the classic: She read it to a group of pre-schoolers when she visited the Department of Labor in January, as part of her "thank you" tour of agencies. (Above: POTUS & FLOTUS reading)
When he was done, President Obama re-explained the book to the kids, and embroidered on a theme of the day: Eat your vegetables.
"When your parents tell you to eat your broccoli, you don't know whether you're going to like them or not. You've got to try it," President Obama said. "When your parents tell you to eat your peas, eat your peas."
The President exited the stage to go play basketball with other Rollers, and Mrs. Obama and daughter Malia read "Horton Hatches the Egg," which she called "another favorite in the Obama White House." It was an especially apt book for the day, given the 19,000 hardboiled eggs in use for the festivities. Horton received a dramatic reading to equal the first book, and the kids cheered for Horton, and the egg, and listened raptly.
Mrs. Obama warned the kids before story time started that everyone must "keep our tushies on the ground or in our seats." Mission accomplished.
*Photo by Obama Foodorama