'Kid President' helps White House pull April Fools' prank

April 1, 2013 at 12:33 PM ET

"Kid President," aka 9-year-old Robby Novak, looked quite presidential visiting TODAY on Jan. 31. On April 1, he was at the White House to help pull an April Fools' Day prank.

It's April Fools' Day, and even the White House isn't above taking advantage of it. With the help of “Kid President,” the nation's executive branch took a little time from affairs of state to pull a prank.

After announcing a “special video message from the president” on Twitter, the White House pulled a bait-and-switch on viewers.

The video begins with an empty shot of the lectern used in the White House briefing room, "Hail to the Chief” playing in the background. But then the tune comes to a screeching halt and a head peers over the podium.

“It looks like you were expecting somebody else, but April Fool’s on all of y’all!” announces 9-year-old Robby Novak, the star of a popular series of YouTube videos.

“I’m Kid President and I hope everyone has an awesome day. It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance,” he says, before excitedly declaring: “I made it to the White House! I’m here! Peace.”

Kid President then disappears behind the podium and sneaks away, only to get caught in the briefing room doorway. "I think I'm stuck," he declares.

Robby appeared with the real president Monday as he helped introduce the first family at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.

Michelle Obama called Robby “inspiring.”

“I can’t imagine that there’s anyone who hasn’t seen your video, right?” she said. “You make us all want to work hard and be better.”

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