Michelle Obama, Ryan Seacrest read Christmas story to children

First Lady Michelle Obama, along with television host Ryan Seacrest bring holiday cheer to children at a Washington, DC hospital by reading The Night Before Christmas.

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - First Lady Michelle Obama and TV host Ryan Seacrest visited the Children's National Health System in Washington, DC on Monday (Dec 12) and read The Night Before Christmas to kids.

Seacrest brought props with him and added a bearded twist to the reading.

After the reading, children had the opportunity to ask questions to both Seacrest and the first lady. Michelle wouldn't give specifics as to what she bought president Barack Obama for Christmas, but she did answer questions about their dogs, Sunny and Bo.

"I actually have a whole request sheet just for them," said Mrs Obama. "I get a whole set of requests, can Bo and Sunny take pictures with this group and this Ambassador's coming in and they've made a request to see Sunny and Bo. And I have to approve it," she said.

The first lady brought Sunny and Bo over to meet the children after the Q&A.

The Christmas reading and Q&A took place inside the hospital's atrium, where Seacrest has a broadcast media centre.