WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- For thousands and thousands of kids, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hang out with the President and First Lady and get in a little Easter fun.
On Monday, the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll took place on the White House lawn.
WUSA9 wanted to show you what it is really like to experience this time-honored tradition through the eyes of a child, so we asked a few families, and the Melsons from Fairfax agreed to let us put a GoPro camera on their 7-year-old daughter Sophia, so our viewers could see the roll as she saw it.
From the start, Sophia was in it to win it. To her left, strong competitor and older brother 8-1/2 year old Lucas, and to her right, younger sister and first-time egg roller, 5-year-old Annabelle. In moments, they were off, and moments later, it was all over. We are not sure who in the trio really won, but who cares? Sophia granted us an exclusive interview afterwards. When asked how the race was, she replied with an emphatic, "Awesome!!!" Lucas is no stranger to the White House, while little sister Annabelle shared how she thought her first-time egg-rolling experience went, "Good, but I didn't win but that's OK."
President Obama and First Lady Michele were greeted by close to 30,000 people, including the Melsons. The Obamas presided over a portion of the event, shook hands and took pictures with families who will no doubt never forget this day. The President made quite an impression on three children who came all the way from Los Angeles to meet him. 9-year-old Donny says he now wants to be President one day, "It was really cool and I even got to shake his hand. It was so inspiring and today I realize that anybody could be the president and change the world make it a really good place."
The theme this year was "Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape," and it was part of first lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move initiative.