WASHINGTON (AP) — Snoopy, Charlie Brown and “Tonight Present” host Jimmy Fallon roamed the soggy White Home grounds on Monday for the primary Easter egg roll since earlier than the coronavirus pandemic.
Undaunted by rain, President Joe Biden and his spouse, Jill, kicked off the equal of a daylong backyard social gathering for some 30,000 children and adults, together with celebrities and costumed characters.
A pair of Easter bunnies escorted the Bidens onto the Blue Room balcony to welcome the gang to their yard. The primary woman selected “egg-ucation” because the theme.
The South Garden was become a college group as a result of “schooling by no means stops,” stated Jill Biden, a group faculty professor.
“The decided spirit of schooling is what we wished to honor on this Easter Egg Roll,” she stated.
President Biden stated it was “so particular” to have the ability to collect this yr after the pandemic pressured the White Home to cancel the 2020 and 2021 Easter egg rolls.
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“It means a lot to see and listen to the kids and all of the households present as much as be right here immediately,” he stated, citing their pleasure, laughter and occasional outbursts of “there’s the Easter bunny.”
Biden’s toddler grandson, Beau, was amongst a number of relations current, together with the boy’s dad and mom, Hunter Biden and his spouse, Melissa. Additionally available had been the Bidens’ daughter Ashley Biden, and Natalie Biden, considered one of their granddaughters.
After their remarks, the president and first woman went all the way down to the garden to observe as teams of youngsters used wood spoons to coax brightly dyed hard-boiled eggs throughout a patch of moist grass to the end line.
“Prepared, set,” Biden stated earlier than blowing a whistle to start out the competitors. He later coached a younger egg-roller, saying “Go, You bought it!”
The couple then visited the studying nook, the place Biden held up a duplicate of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” as the primary woman shortly learn aloud “so that you’re all not soaking moist,” she instructed those that had been ready within the mild rain. Fallon joined them afterward and skim his personal kids’s ebook, “Nana Loves You Extra.” Jill Biden’s grandchildren name her “Nana.”
Hunter Biden launched himself to individuals sitting within the studying space, and to others lined up on the opposite facet of a fence, at instances carrying his toddler son Beau in his arms.
The Easter egg roll featured a number of different stations, together with a expertise present, a spot to show children about farming, a photo-taking station, a bodily “egg-ucation” zone with an impediment course, and a “cafetorium” the place kids realized to make treats.
Actor-singer Kristin Chenoweth additionally appeared within the studying nook.
The White Home gates opened at round 7 a.m., with the primary of 5 waves of individuals streaming by way of. Many got here ready for the chilly, damp climate with umbrellas, rain ponchos and plastic covers over child strollers.
Maya Kennedy, 10, of Portland, Oregon, stated she was having an excellent time at her first White Home Easter egg roll regardless of the climate. She had seen a number of the PBS KIDS characters and had heard the primary woman converse. The fifth grader stated she additionally wished to fulfill Jill Biden.
“She’s actually cool,” Maya stated close to the studying nook as she watched the primary woman pose for photographs with contributors after her studying, together with with White Home press secretary Jen Psaki and her household.
The White Home Easter Egg Roll dates to 1878.
Related Press writers Josh Boak and Aamer Madhani contributed to this report.
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