President Obama's Dramatic Reading of 'Where the Wild Things Are' Is Delightful

During the White House's annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday, President Obama performed a dramatic reading of 'Where the Wild Things Are'-and it's marvelous!

President Obama’s Dramatic Reading of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Is Delightful

During the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday, President Obama performed a dramatic reading of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’—and it’s marvelous!

-Lucia Peters

Barack Obama

Bettys, are you familiar with the concept of an Easter Egg Roll? Apparently it’s an Easter amusement which consists of children pushing an egg through the grass with a long-handled spoon racing, all in an attempt see who can reach the finish line first with their egg intact. I was unaware that this game existed until today, but apparently, the White House has been holding Easter Egg Rolls for children on the Monday after Easter every year since 1814 (we have President James Madison’s First Lady, Dolley Madison, to thank for it). Who knew?

Anyway, this year as part of the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll, President Obama took some time out of the race to perform a dramatic reading of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are—and it is positively delightful. Watch it here!

I think the teeth gnashing is my favorite part, largely because the Wild Things apparently make a “ng, ng, ng” sound when they do it (at least, according to the President). The noises of a wild rumpus are also pretty great, though. Well done, Mr. President! Well done, indeed!

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And you know what’s even better? This isn’t the first time Obama has done a dramatic reading of the book. In fact, it’s been an annual tradition at the White House Easter Egg Roll since Obama’s first year in office. How I have managed to miss this wonderful occurrence every year for the past four years is a complete and utter mystery, but for the curious, here’s 2009’s reading:

And here’s 2011’s, as done by the President’s eldest daughter, Malia:

Which reading do you think is the best one, Bettys? My vote is going towards 2011’s, but that’s mostly because it gets bonus points for the inclusion of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (I used to love that one when I was a wee little one).

P.S. If you haven’t seen Stephen Colbert’s interview with Maurice Sendak, I highly suggest that you go and watch it immediately. Part one can be found here, and part two can be found here.

Never underestimate the value of reading aloud!

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.


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