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Bees terrify children at White House Easter event

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The theme of this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll was aimed at celebrating the first lady’s anti-childhood obesity initiative, but President Obama says he couldn’t resist indulging in some holiday sweets.

“Mr. President, did you have any Easter chocolate?” a reporter asked Obama at Monday’s annual tradition on the South Lawn.

“I had a few, I have to admit,” he responded.

{mosads}The springtime event marked the fifth anniversary of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative with a new healthy lifestyle campaign dubbed #GimmeFive, which encourages Americans to share five ways they’re being healthy.

Saying daughters Sasha, 13, and Malia, 16, weren’t in attendance due to “a little school stuff going on,” Obama told the crowd as his wife looked on, “This is a particularly special Easter Egg Roll because we’ve actually got a birthday to celebrate.”

The female pop group Fifth Harmony kicked off the kid-filled festivities by singing “Happy Birthday” to “Let’s Move!” and presenting a birthday cake and balloons to the first lady. Michelle Obama applauded following the run, calling the rendition “so good.”

The first lady was poised to participate in a session with dancers from Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance?” during the Egg Roll to show off some #GimmeFive moves. “We’re going to turn this backyard into a huge #GimmeFive flash mob,” she exclaimed to the attendees.

The president later continued his tradition of reading his favorite childhood book to the youngsters during storytime at the gathering. But his delivery of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are was nearly torpedoed by some unexpected visitors. Commotion could be heard as children grew alarmed by some buzzing bees.

“If you’re a wild thing,” Obama said, “you can’t be scared of bees!”

— Jordain Fabian contributed.

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