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Breaking (so to speak): Obamas release White House Easter Egg Roll date, rules

2010 White House Easter Egg Roll

White House Announces 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll Date and Theme, as provided by the White House
The President and First Lady announced today that this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll will be held on Monday, April 25, 2011 with the theme of “Get Up and Go!” promoting health and wellness.

The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity. The White House will open its South Lawn for children aged 12 years and younger and their families.

White House Easter Egg Roll tickets will be distributed through an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate in a tradition that dates back to 1878. The lottery will open for entries on March 10th at 12:01am and close on March 13th at 11:59pm. Tickets are free of charge and are non transferable. Full ticketing details can be found at . 

For the most up-to-date information on the Easter Egg Roll and other public events at the White House, please visit  or call the Visitors' Office 24-hour information line at (202) 456-7041.



Explaining Easter eggs to American newcomers

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For political leaders like Moammar Kadafi, ruling power is really all about The Hat

Kadafi Gadaffi goes with the gold ringed beret on this day

As not many realize by now, the key to holding enduring political power over a nation on this planet is The Hat.

To survive a long time, leaders must have a wide assortment of power hats and people hats and know exactly which one to wear to make that definitive leaderly statement on a very diverse variety of occasions.Honorary Indian chief Calvin Coolidge

The advance teams for American politicians are instructed to do almost anything to avoid forcing their boss to wear a hat at political events (excluding yarmulkes, of course).

These wily operatives will obediently orchestrate political events at construction sites out into the middle of street intersections to avoid forcing their boss to wear anything as funny-looking as one of those construction hardhats that sit way up on your head as if they're covering some enormous Dallas hairdo.

Sure, working Americans proudly wear those hats every day just to protect their heads as required.Democrat Michael Dukakis drives a real tank 1988

But they're never going to face an election opponent who'll publish their hat-wearing photo to make them look like a doofus.

Back in the 1988 presidential campaign, Michael Dukakis' staff felt he had to look stronger on things military than voters would normally associate with some wimpy Massachusetts governor. Especially when said governor was running against World War II carrier pilot George H.W. Bush.

But ask Democrat Dukakis now if he regrets grinning while. ...

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The Obamas stay fit with Cornell McClellan in that Chicago kind of way; maybe you should too

Cornell McClellan fitness coach to the ObamasA key element of Chicago politics is that those who move on up the ladder of success take good care of their loyal pals back down below.

That's why Valerie Jarrett, among numerous Chicagoans, has a White House job close to the ex-state senator whose future wife she hired when Jarrett worked for Mayor Richard M. Daley, who allowed Obama to survive within the ruthless urban Democratic machine.

Daley could then call upon Obama's wife to call upon her husband the president to fly Air Force One to Copenhagen to help with their hometown's Olympics bid -- in vain, as it turned out.

Since, to be politically real about it, what clout does a South Side Chicago Democrat have over the International Olympics Committee?

In the least surprising story of 2011 so far, Obama has helped ex-chief of staff Rahm Emanuel become the new mayor of Chicago. And the old Chicago mayor's brother William is Obama's new chief of staff. Moves that look like change but aren't. It's the Chicago Way.

So, perfect sense to learn now that every week President Obama and....

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Ticket Replay: PC dress codes: Why politicians shed suits at ballgames, disasters--and why it matters

President Obama shakes umpires hands at Opening Day at Washington Nationals Park March 5, 2010 by Reuters

During the holiday season, as in years past, The Ticket is republishing some of our favorite items from the previous political year. This story was originally published on April 7, 2010

When President Obama threw out the first ball at last year's Major League Baseball All-Star game, he wore jeans -- really comfortable, really worn, really vintage American jeans.

He got hammered, with critics decrying the selection as "Mom jeans."

This year when he threw out the first ball at the Washington Nationals Opening Day game this week, he wore khakis.

What presidents and other politicians wear to sports events may seem a trivial matter, and compared to weightier subjects like war, peace and taxes, of course it is. But in recent years, public figures have spent a great deal of time pondering their wardrobe, part of the....

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Barack and Michelle Obama roil Washington's social elites with their own eliteness

Democrats Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at a White house reception in October

While many Americans have been paying attention to all this election silliness and prognostications about which political philosophy will control which house of the country's Congress for the next two years, it seems major turmoil is building within Washington's self-proclaimed social elite crowd.

The elites are the elites because they give money to cultural and political things which, as everyone knows by now, buys them access to the powerful, who deny this.

In this case, the access is to the White House and its reputedly elegant social affairs, which is a....

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Ticket photo of the week: Has anyone seen my hat?

Unusual get-up at Paris fashion show

I had it here a minute ago, but it seems to have just flown away somewhere.

Autumn is well underway; Canadians had Thanksgiving last weekend, for Pierre's sake. Winter is quickly approaching. So, naturally they are having spring fashion shows over there in Paris.

Which is a beautiful place. If a tad loony at times on the runway.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Pierre Verdy / Getty Images

Ticket video of the week: Iran's covered police women show their stuff anyway

These Iranian police cadets are now hardened police veterans. But their past graduation exercises are somewhat different from those typically held in the West.

On this video the police officers, identified as women, display some of their hard-learned no-nonsense law enforcement tactics against other women. Apparently, the Civil Rights and Community Relations course was an elective.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Two of these Obama Supreme Court nominees dress just like the other

So it seems there is a uniform code of justice apparel for female Obama White House Supreme Court nominees taking the oath for their confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. It appears characterized by liberal use of blue and large black buttons.

First, came Sonia Sotomayor in 2009


And today comes Elena Kagan


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Elena Kagan? Elena Kagan. Most Americans can't say they've ever heard of her

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Michelle Obama's inaugural gown goes to Smithsonian -- Jason Wu too (text here)

It was the dress heard 'round the fashion world -- a white chiffon one-shoulder gown made by a little-known Chinese American fashion designer named Jason Wu.

Now Wu is famous -- he is sometimes called the new Oscar de la Renta -- and his muse, First Lady Michelle Obama, is giving her 2009 inaugural gown away.

Actually she's giving it to the Smithsonian, where every first lady since Helen Taft in 1912 has personally delivered her gown to the National Museum of American History and where curators have researched and assembled the gowns of all the first ladies before that -- some re-created from archived records.

The "First Ladies at the Smithsonian" exhibit at the museum is widely popular. As the Washington Post's Robin Givhan put it, "Every four years the country has a collective fashion moment." In fact, the exhibit has grown so popular that when Obama's gown goes on display to the public Wednesday, it will debut as part of a new gallery called “A First Lady’s Debut,” which includes 11 other gowns worn by first ladies, beginning with Mamie Eisenhower (her 1953 inaugural pink gown, designed by Nettie Rosenstein, had 2,000 rhinestones), along with china, portraits and other evocative memorabilia.

In a departure from tradition, Michelle Obama invited 32 aspiring young designers from....

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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