Obamas watch Willow Smith rock during the 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll...
Late in the afternoon on Monday, President Obama left the Oval Office and made an unannounced visit to the South Lawn to see pint-sized singing sensation Willow Smith perform at the 2011 Easter Egg Roll. (Above: The President at the concert; inset is Willow in performance)
President Obama stood at the corner of the stage for a few minutes as the ten-year-old sang her hit "Whip My Hair" for a thrilled crowd of Egg Roll revelers, some of the 30,000 who flooded the South Lawn for "Get Up and Go!"
"I hope everybody is having a great time here," President Obama said as he kicked off the event in the morning.
Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow's actress/singer mother, stood in the crowd under a very hot sun, next to First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha while Willow rocked and (egg) rolled. There was no sign of Willow's actor father, Will Smith.
Other performers on the Rockin' Egg Roll Stage today included Colbie Caillat, Greyson Chance, Mindless Behavior, John Lithgow, Sesame Street, and Little Beats and DJ WillyWow. Caillat sang the National Anthem this morning during the brief opening ceremony for the Roll. (Above: The First Lady and Pinkett Smith)
After watching Willow, the President then briefly shook hands along the event fence by the South Portico before going back into the Oval Office through the French doors in the Rose Garden.
The President stopped and chatted with Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives Sam Kass on the way in, pool reported.
Kass was not cooking today in the Play With Your Food activity section at the Easter Egg Roll. But he was on hand to watch as Mrs. Obama cooked with Kelly Ripa, Al Roker, and legendary French chef Jacques Pépin. (Willow in action, above)
Related: More posts on the 2011 Easter Egg Roll are HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.
*2011 Easter Egg Roll Facts ARE HERE. Egg Roll History IS HERE. The Poster Contest winners ARE HERE. The Commemorative Egg design IS HERE.