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The Obama Family attending church on Easter Sunday, 2012 (AP photo)


First Lady Michelle Obama--First Lady of the United States, FLOTUS for short-- joked about how fast one of her daughters, Malia, is growing up while talking to pool reporters at the Monday White House Easter Egg Roll.

From the pool report: "On her way back to the East Wing at about 12:20pm, FLOTUS stopped to say hi to print poolers, who noted that her daughters did a great job of reading. FLOTUS remarked on how quickly they are growing up. Malia Obama, 13, is now five-foot nine, just two-inches shorter than her mother, who joked that she plans to guard those last two inches carefully."


MICHELLE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE EASTER ROLL POOL REPORT


A few yards from the White House Kitchen Garden, a six-foot high stage labeled the "Kids Kitchen." When FLOTUS arrived at 11:30am, "Top Chef Masters" winner Marcus Samuelson was making shrimp and vegetable tacos, joined by the "Today" show's Al Roker.

FLOTUS washed her hands in a bowl and greeted the three kids on stage. She observed that Samuelson had both hard and soft tortillas, and launched an informal tortilla preference survey. Hard tacos won out.

"These tacos have seasonal veggies," she said, noting that Samuelson had chopped them into tiny bites. "If you cut them up small, then you can fool [the kids], FLOTUS joked. "Sometimes you have to fool them."

Little kids squeezed limes, with encouragement from FLOTUS, and when a little girl spilled on her white dress, FLOTUS helped clean her off and jokingly apologized to her mom.

FLOTUS sampled a taco, but declined a plate, in favor of wrapping it in a napkin. "This is how we eat at home!" she said. "It's delicious!" She told the crowd that lettuces and peas are coming up in the kitchen garden, and potatoes are making an appearance there for the first time this year.

As she spoke about the importance of vegetables, FLOTUS overheard a woman in the audience saying, "it's very expensive." FLOTUS asked her to speak up, and offered her two tips on how to save money on veggies: "Buy seasonally, because it's less expensive," FLOTUS said. "Another option is frozen [vegetables]," which she said are healthier in many cases than canned vegetables.

FLOTUS encouraged parents to set a good food example for their kids. "If we have [too many] fried chicken and the carb-heavy dinners, the kind we all love," she said, "we're not setting our kids up for success. Veggies aren't really a choice. We think they are, but they're not."

She then worked a rope line for at least ten minutes, moving across a swath of the South Lawn and bringing the crowd with her like a wave. FLOTUS arrived at the obstacle course at 11:55am, where she was mobbed by eager parents and kids who seemed surprised at the sudden commotion.

Waiting for her there was "Biggest Loser" star Bob Harper, who was dressed in black track pants and a faux black alligator motorcycle jacket.

The pair worked their way over a series of six-inch high colored bars on the grass, helping kids along who were too little to jump the bars. When one little girl, around 3 years old, fell down and burst into tears, FLOTUS picked her up and consoled her. Crying ceased.

After that it was a series of hula hoops on the ground, with spongy practice tackle dummies at the end of the course. Both FLOTUS and Harper cheered, and pooler spotted a Redskins LB Lorenzo Alexander helping to run drills.

On her way back to the East Wing at about 12:20pm, FLOTUS stopped to say hi to print poolers, who noted that her daughters did a great job of reading. FLOTUS remarked on how quickly they are growing up. Malia Obama, 13, is now five-foot nine, just two-inches shorter than her mother, who joked that she plans to guard those last two inches carefully.

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