updated 04/13/2009 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/13/2009 AT 3:25 PM ET
The Easter Bunny couldn’t hold a candle to Malia Obama at this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll. When the microphone at Monday’s event malfunctioned, the elder First Daughter remedied the situation.
“I’d like to introduce Malia, my technical advisor,’ ” joked her father, President Obama. Then came the First Lady’s warm welcome and rundown of the day’s outdoor events, innocently interrupted by an inquiry from daughter Sasha, 7: “Tennis too?”
While there would be no game, there was Fergie – who delivered a memorable version of the national anthem, prompting a huge hug from the president.
What followed was an all-day outdoor concert with the theme, “Let’s Go Play.” Activities included yoga, soccer, break-dancing, health-conscious cooking and the traditional Easter Egg Roll. The president, alongside Sasha and Malia, kicked off the first round with a whistle and a roar, “Is everybody ready?”
Then, the First Family dispersed, with Mr. Obama going to work as his girls rushed to the front row of the Fergie show. Mrs. Obama danced with her mother, Marian Robinson, and her starstruck daughters, who managed to sing nearly every word to “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Glamorous. Fergie’s new husband, Josh Duhamel, scoped the scene in a dapper suit and sunglasses.
Fergie, 34, told PEOPLE exclusively afterwards, “The whole Obama family is so down to earth. My family was with me and had the honor of getting to chat with them, as well. It was a special moment in time as I got to see Michelle, Malia, and Sasha dancing and singing with me to my songs!”