Good morning --
Spring has arrived in Washington in a big way. Today, President Obama throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals home opener – but first, he participates in the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Both are steeped in tradition. The Easter Egg Roll will be attended in shifts by 30,000 visitors from around the country. There are all kinds of games, sports, exercise pavilions, music and of course a big bunny and lots of eggs. In keeping with Mrs. Obama’s emphasis on eating right and getting in shape, this year’s theme is: “Ready Set Go!” The “Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll” Stage will feature live music with performances by Sara Bareilles, Justin Bieber, the cast of TV show Glee, Yo Gabba Gabba, Sesame Street and more. J.K. Rowling, ReeseWitherspoon, Apolo Ohno, Mariska Hargitay, Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Elmo and Maria of Sesame Street and Betty DeGeneres will read on the Storytime Stage.
Later the President heads to the ballpark, where the perennial cellar dwelling Washington Nationals open their 2010 baseball season against the Philadelphia Phillies. It is the 100th anniversary of the ceremonial first pitch. In 1910, President William Howard Taft tossed a ball to Washington Senators great Walter Johnson, who then went out and threw a one-hitter to beat the Philadelphia Athletics, 3-0. Since that day, nearly every president has continued the tradition.
9:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Economic Daily Briefing
10:45AM THE FIRST FAMILY attends the Easter Egg Roll; THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY deliver remarks
12:55PM THE PRESIDENT throws out the first pitch on Opening Day
5:15PM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors
On This Day
On This Day. 1792 - George Washington cast the first presidential veto. It concerned apportioning representatives among the states.
Presidential Quote: "The struggle of today, is not altogether for today - it is for a vast future also." - Abraham Lincoln