Obama Easter Egg Roll webcast not the first ever

This is not the first time the White House Easter Egg Roll has been broadcast online, contrary to what the Obama administration has said.

The White House said in a news release that the 2009 version of the annual event would be the first one to be shown over the Internet.

But in 1998, when Bill Clinton was president, the White House held a "cybercast" of the Egg Roll.

An archived Clinton administration Web page for that year's event said:

"For the first time, the White House Easter Egg Roll will be cybercast over the Internet, allowing children worldwide to 'virtually' participate in the annual Easter festivities. Events including the story-telling, the egg roll, and the President's welcoming remarks will be cybercast at www.easter.earthlink.net.

Sadly, the earthlink.net link no longer works.

- Walter Alarkon