WASHINGTON (AP) — Undaunted by soggy skies, President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, launched the White House’s first Easter egg roll since before the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, welcoming some 30,000 children and adults for the one day event.
The president encouraged a young egg-roller, framing the kid, “Come on. You got it.”
“My job is to keep it from raining for another two minutes,” he said in his opening address on the South Lawn.
The theme of the day was “egg-cation”. The first lady, a community college professor, has transformed the South Lawn into a school community with a variety of educational stations.
“The determined spirit of education is what we wanted to honor in this Easter egg roll,” she said in a brief welcoming note.
In addition to the egg roll and an egg hunt, the event included a school activity area, a reading corner, a talent show, an agriculture teaching area, a photo station , a physical “egg” area with an obstacle course. , and a “cafetorium” where children learned how to make treats.
The COVID-19 pandemic led the White House to cancel the Easter Egg Roll in 2020 and 2021. But the event is back this year as the outbreak of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths escalates. is attenuated.
“This year we are finally getting together, and it’s so special,” the president told guests.
“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, singer Ciara and actress-singer Kristin Chenoweth were expected to add celebrity flair to the “egg stravaganza.”
More than two dozen costumed characters were in attendance, including Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, the Racing Presidents mascots of Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals, Rosita and Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street” and Snoopy and Charlie Brown, among others.
The event kicked off around 7 a.m., with the first of five waves of people, including children dressed in their finest Easter costumes, streaming through the gates of the White House.
The White House Easter Egg Roll dates back to 1878.