The new, over-sized floppy ears took their place on the Truman Balcony on Monday at the White House.
It’s time for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, a festive – if kitschy – annual tradition that dates back to the 1870s. This year, the iconic Easter Bunny, normally played by the cutest staffer, gets a much-needed upgrade.
“After years of borrowing Easter Bunny costumes, we’re excited to have our official White House Easter Bunny Family, thanks to the generous support of the White House Historical Association,” Vanessa Valdivia, spokeswoman for first lady Jill Biden, told CNN exclusively.
While the ova-tra may be seen as between the main tasks of the White House and the pressing news of the day, the law enforcement case and the event more broadly represent an American tradition that has somewhat resisted intense political polarization.
“There are certain things that are part of the American fabric.” Tradition is what makes a country unique. Every country has things that are woven into its context, and this is one of ours,” Sean Spicer told CNN in a recent interview. (At one time Trump took on the role of White House press secretary, the White House Easter Bunny served in the George W. Bush administration as the US undersecretary of commerce for media and public affairs.
A little-known secret from White House bunnies is that, on average, many people work in hour-plus-long shifts of the day’s events.
“It’s great learning — first person,” Spicer said. “Morning is the key. It doesn’t matter what the temperature is – it gets hot and thick, fast.”
Monday’s event will be President Joe Biden and Jill Biden’s second crack at Easter tradition, with the 143rd White House Easter Egg Roll. The theme of the event, the first office lady said, is “EGGucation” for the second year in a row, and in the Meridian Clipper and Ellipse “in the school community, full of fun and educational activities for children of all ages.”
“School House Activity Area, Reading Nook, Talent Show, Field Trip to the Village, Picture Day, Physical “EGGucation’ Zone, Snack Time Tent and more,” said his office.
NASA, via the White House, “had one of the official Easter trees from the White House to the International Space Station, where astronauts could demonstrate the laws of gravity to students everywhere.”
Special guests will include USA Olympic gold medalist gymnast Dominique Dawes, Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor, Sesame Street actor Alan Muraoka and the characters Rosita and Elmo, members of the Philadelphia Eagles, actress and singer Halle Bailey and members of Disney’s Broadway cast of The Lion King. among others for White.
Thirty thousand guests are expected throughout the day in the Southern Hemisphere, including military and veteran families, personnel and survivors, for the White House. Children participate in the famous American tradition of pushing brightly colored, hard-boiled eggs across the grass with wooden spoons, their parents cheering them on and snapping photos.
The Braswell family’s North Carolina-based farm supplies 30,000 hard-boiled eggs for the festivities. Twenty thousand of those eggs will arrive dyed, according to a spokesman for the Braswell Family Farms, a highly organized process that takes place over five days. Eggs can be dyed in one case – 360 eggs, at a time, which requires 16 to 20 gallons of dye and 12 gallons of vinegar, as the eggs move through five stations: cook, ice, dye, dry and repackage. 803 miles to the top of the White House by refrigerated truck.
There will also be an American Egg An annual commemorative egg would stand for him to the first lady, part of a 46-year tradition beginning with the Carter administration. Artist Carolyn Bickel created an “EGGucation”-themed egg decorated with picture books. The inside of the hen’s egg is removed through a special process, leaving the shell intact, before the decoration begins.
With the painted egg donation, the White House East Colonnade will be “transformed into the ‘United States of America’s Cities of Possibility'” Egg Columns exhibit, hand-painted and decorated eggs that represent all 50 US states and six regions, for the American Egg Board.
Egg rolling tradition began in the 1870s in the US Capitol. After the unique roll in 1876, in which eyewitness John C. Rathbone observed “a lascivious mess of hay on the terrace of the park,” President Ulysses S. Grant signed legislation to protect the heads of the Capitol, which banned egg rolling, according to the National Archives. .
But in 1878, the more egg-friendly President Rutherford B. Hayes allowed his children to bring their eggs to the White House.
According to an article in the evening edition of the National Archives, the children were very happy: “After being kicked out of the Capitol, the children today advanced into the White House, rolling eggs and rolling the floors. mansion, and played among the bushes to his heart’s content.’
The tradition is the result of a collaboration between the White House, the White House Historical Association and the National Park Service.
Florentine Harding dyed eggs themselves in 1921, The Washington Post reported at the time.
In 1927, the Post reported that Grace Coolidge was suing Lotor because Rebecca had caused trouble in Rebecca’s marriage.
“Rebecca was too oppressed, and clearly showed her offense. But the first lady was not so easily defeated. He carried the pet inside and returned to the crowd’s delight,” the report said.
Eleanor Roosevelt surpassed the egg roll during her husband’s four terms in office, including 1937, when more than 50,000 children celebrated.
During the Obama administration, first lady Michelle Obama used an egg roll to promote her “movement” initiative, and the star-studded line-up included performances by Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande. Beyoncé and Jay-Z were among the attendees in 2016.
The Trump administration saw the Egg Roll return to basics, with activity stations, egg and cookie decorating, and costumed characters.
Last year’s event marked the first Egg Roll after a two-year pandemic-driven hiatus. To this day, the egg roll remains one of the only times of the year that the White House’s southern lawn is open to the public – with tickets – to enjoy.