Easter bunny interrupts Biden talking Afghanistan at White House event
This way Joe! Easter bunny runs over to wave and interrupt Biden as he takes selfies with kids and starts discussing Afghanistan with crowd at the White House roll
- A Biden press aide posted a picture of the Easter Bunny sitting at her desk on Monday morning, fueling speculation that she was wearing the suit
- In a video the president can be heard mentioning Pakistan and Afghanistan when the Easter Bunny hopped — literally — into the middle of his conversation
- GOP operatives mocked the moment on Twitter after the video was posted
- The Bidens held the first White House Easter egg roll in two years, with the traditional Springtime event previously called off due to COVID
President Joe Biden was in for a surprise when his comments to people at the White House’s Easter egg roll were interrupted on Monday by none other than the Easter Bunny itself.
Biden was filmed speaking with reporters and guests at the cheerful holiday event when he began discussing Afghanistan, eight months after he presided over the US military’s chaotic withdrawal from Kabul after 20 years of American boots on the ground.
The president, 79, appears to begin talking about Pakistan and Afghanistan when a person dressed as the Easter Bunny hops — literally — into his conversation.
Biden looks confused at first and then walks away as the Bunny waves at him enthusiastically, in a video captured by journalist Thomas C. Dillon.
From another angle filmed further away, the person in the holiday suit is seen guiding the commander-in-chief to another location, breaking up the conversation.
It’s not certain who the mysterious Bunny was, but White House deputy press secretary Angela Perez posted an image of the costume-clad person sitting at her desk on Monday morning.
Republican operatives on Twitter mocked the silly moment.
‘How bad does the White House staff have to think Biden is to calculate that sending in the EASTER BUNNY to interrupt a gaggle is better optics than whatever he was about to say on Afghanistan?’ former Orrin Hatch aide Matt Whitlock said.
Two separate videos show Biden speaking to reporters and White House guests when the bunny appears
A person dressed as the Easter Bunny then points Biden in a different direction
In another angle, the president can be heard saying something about Pakistan and Afghanistan when the Easter Bunny interrupts him
The identity of the person in the bunny suit is still unclear, but White House press aide Angela Perez posted a photo of them sitting at her desk this morning
Senator Josh Hawley’s press secretary Abigail Marone wrote, ‘Why is the Easter Bunny directing the President of the United States.’
Former California House candidate Buzz Patterson also commented: ‘Some staffer in a bunny outfit interrupts the most important person in the world. Only in Biden’s America.’
Meghan McCain, daughter of late Arizona Senator and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, criticized Biden’s staff for allowing the moment to happen.
‘The absolute distrust and disrespect our Presidents staff has for him and his capabilities to lead and speak in public is disgraceful,’ McCain said on Twitter.
‘Shame on his team, shame on them. Why are they treating him like this? Because all this does is alarm the American public watching this.’
The president and first lady Jill Biden welcomed children to a rainy White House on Monday for some egg-citement – the first Easter Egg Roll of their tenure.
Among the crowd were family members including first son Hunter Biden, his wife Melissa and baby Beau, along with first daughter Ashley and grand-daughter Natalie.
‘The joy, the laughter, and the occasional – at least with my young grandson, who’s only two – the occasional, “There’s the Easter Bunny” – a little startled sometimes. But the joy and the laughter is something that has been a wonderful tradition here at the White House for a long, long time,’ the president said, bringing up baby Beau.
The first couple expected to welcome some 30,000 kids and adults for the traditional rolling and hunting eggs
The president and first lady Jill Biden welcomed children to a rainy White House on Monday for some egg-citement – the first Easter Egg Roll of their tenure
Administration officials including Vice President Kamala Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and White House press secretary Jen Psaki were spotted.
‘Welcome to your house. The people’s house. Happy Easter!’ Dr. Biden told the crowd before introducing her husband.
It was 46 degrees and drizzling when the Bidens walked out on the Truman Balcony, flanked by two Easter bunnies.
‘My job was to keep it from raining – for another two minutes,’ the president joked. ‘To all of you, have fun today and welcome to the White House. Welcome to your house. Welcome to the South Lawn. Thank you and happy, happy Easter.’
The annual Easter Egg Roll returns to the White House after a two-year absence due to the COVID pandemic.
The first lady, a community college professor, gave the event an education theme – or ‘EGGucation’ as she called it.
‘Education never stops. The determined spirit of education is what we wanted to honor in this Easter Egg Roll. So, we turned the South Lawn into a school community,’ she told the crowd Monday.
She and the president expected to welcome some 30,000 kids and adults for the traditional rolling and hunting eggs.
‘For generations, presidents and first ladies and kids, just like you, celebrated the Easter Egg Roll together — racing and making crafts, reading books, and, of course, meeting the Easter Bunny,’ the first lady also said.
In keeping with the education theme, this year’s event will feature a School House Activity Area, Reading Nook, Talent Show, Field Trip to the Farm, Picture Day, and a Physical ‘EGGucation’ Zone.
The first family spent the holiday weekend at Camp David while staff prepared the South Lawn for event.
Numerous special guests were on hand, including Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, singer Ciara, actress Kristin Chenoweth and Philadelphia Eagles player Brandon Graham, walking alongside the Eagles mascot, Swoop.
Chenoweth was reading a story about a rescue dog at the Reading Nook, while Fallon mingled on the South Lawn driveway, taking in the president and first lady’s remarks.
Hunter Biden holds up his phone on the South Lawn during Monday’s White House Easter Egg Roll
Biden plays referee during Monday’s White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn
Vice President Kamala Harris (left) holds up a baby alongside second gentleman Doug Emhoff (right) at Monday’s White House Easter Egg Roll
Vice President Kamala Harris (center) and her husband second gentleman Doug Emhoff (right) greet attendees on the White House’s South Lawn during Monday’s Easter Egg Roll
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