The Le and Nguyen families get in the spirit with a lovable cartoon character at the 2009 White House Easter Egg Roll.
April 16, 2009: Spring got rolling at the White House this Monday when Vietnamese Americans ranging from toddlers to elders joined the Easter festivities!
Each year, the White House welcomes many hundreds of families for a hunt for Easter eggs and a rolling race on the White House lawn. Lucky kids get to meet the legendary Easter Bunny nose-to-nose. The tradition kicked off way back in 1878, when President Rutherford B. Hayes opened the White House grounds to kids for an egg roll on Easter Monday.
One of this year’s participants, part of a group of 19 who secured their tickets to the Easter Egg Roll through the great efforts of the White House liaison team and Boat People SOS, was Thuy Nguyen.
“The kids saw the First Lady and enjoyed the music,” said Nguyen. “Our family had the best time, and we’ll treasure our memories of celebrating Easter at White House.”
Nguyen said the “Let’s Go Play!” theme was a huge hit with the children she brought.
“Our kids enjoyed the ‘Kids’ Kitchen,’ which taught children how to make snacks and simple, healthy food,” added Nguyen. “Also, my son and my nieces played on the soccer field and dance floor with their new friends.”
In fact, each of the young participants had their own favorites. Thuan Nguyen, four years old, said he loved seeing PBS characters like Dora, as well as cartoon idol SpongeBob SquarePants.
Nine-year-old Nhu Nguyen and 10-year-old Quynh Nguyen had a ball decorating eggs, which the kids could take home as souvenirs.
For his part, Long Le said he liked green-painted wooden souvenir egg provided to the participants, which bears the 2009 Easter Egg Roll logo and includes the signatures of the President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
“I’m going to show it to my classmates,” said the eight-year-old Le. “They didn’t get to do the Easter Egg Roll at the White House.”