The White House Easter Egg Roll
With Neil Peretz and family
Tradition says that Dolly Madison organized the first Presidential Easter egg roll on the Capitol lawn in 1814 and the tradition continued until a new lawn was installed in 1877 and it became illegal to use the grounds as a playground. President Hayes and his wife brought the event to the lawn where the tradition continued, except for a discontinuity during the Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman administrations.
On April 5th (Easter Monday) President Obama and his family sponsored their second Easter Egg Roll.
And a small stuffed duck was there.
Luckily, a friend of the duck won the lottery for tickets for his family and agreed to bring the avian traveler along for the event. Though NOT didn't have a wrist band, he was able to get past the Secret Service. And he was not even up for the Real Housewives of D.C.
While there, the Hayes were there too to oversee what they brought to the White House Lawn. Not bad looking for a president from the 1870's.
Like any big event in D.C., there were lots of lines to deal with first. At first you didn't notice them...
but quickly they began to manifest themselves....
There were signs...
And celebrities (speed skater Apollo Ohno is in the background with the sideburns)
The driveway towards the Oval Office was blocked off.
But finally they were in the back yard of the White House, ready to roll.
Hey, does it look like there's a monument sticking out of my head?
Finally, NOT found an egg. It must be from the Ostriches.
NOT Duck for President?
White House. Green Duck.
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Last Updated August 2010