Unfazed by the sultry skies, President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, on Monday kicked off the first White House Easter Egg Roll before the coronavirus pandemic, welcoming nearly 30,000 children and adults for the full-day event.
The president, coaching the child, encouraged a young egg-roller to say, “Go. You got it.”
“My job is to protect it from rain for another two minutes,” he said in his opening remarks on the South Lawn.
The theme of the day was “Egg Cooking”. The first lady, a community college professor, transformed the South Lawn into a school community with various educational stations.
“A strong sense of education is what we wanted to honor at this Easter Egg Roll,” she said in the brief welcome remarks.
In addition to an egg roll and egg hunt, the program includes a schoolhouse activity area, a reading nook, a talent show, a space to teach about farming, a photo-taking station, a physical “egg-in” with an obstacle course. “UK” zone was included. , and a “cafetorium” where children learned to behave.
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the White House to cancel the Easter Egg Roll in 2020 and 2021. But the phenomenon has returned this year, as outbreaks of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths have plummeted.
“This year we are finally meeting again, and it is very special,” the president told the guests.
“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, singer Ciara and actor-singer Kristin Chenoweth were ready to add a dash of celebrity splash to “Egg-Stravaganza.”
More than two dozen costumed characters were on hand, including Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, the racing president’s mascot for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball, Rosita and the Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street” and Snoopy and Charlie Brown. were. Other.
The event began at around 7 a.m., with the first five waves of people, including children dressed in the best of Easter, streaming through the gates of the White House.
The White House Easter Egg Roll dates back to 1878.