ME­DIA UN­DER­MINES WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

A round of ap­plause, please, for Pres­i­dent Trump and first lady Me­la­nia Trump, who will greet some 21,000 guests on the South Lawn of the White House on Mon­day, be­gin­ning at 7:30 a.m. sharp.

The pair will honor tra­di­tion and host the 139th an­nual White House Easter Egg Roll, which will fea­ture 18,000 Easter eggs and three sep­a­rate waves of young guests who will be ar­riv­ing well into the af­ter­noon.

Yes, the cus­tom­ary com­mem­o­ra­tive wooden Easter eggs have been pro­duced for the oc­ca­sion in hues of gold, robin’s egg blue, pink, pale yel­low and sky blue. They are sim­ple but hand­some, pro­duced by Wells Wood Turn­ing & Fin­ish­ing, the same Maine com­pany that pre­vi­ously sup­plied the keep­sakes. The White House His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion now re­ports that the sou­venir egg sup­ply, for the mo­ment, is sold out. Which tells you some­thing.

Still, Katie Couric could not re­sist ask­ing Wells Wood Pres­i­dent Chris Chan­dler about the phe­nom­e­non of the gilded eggs. “Of course a gold egg seems very Don­ald Trump. Do you know if this was his per­sonal re­quest?” in­quired Ms. Couric.

An af­fa­ble Mr. Chan­dler had no idea and said so, while also in­form­ing the in­de­pen­dent broad­caster that there had been other golden eggs made for other White House ad­min­is­tra­tions in the past.

So no po­ten­tial scan­dal there.

Things are get­ting snippy in the main­stream press, mean­while. Ap­par­ently over­whelmed by nos­tal­gia for the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion, much of the news me­dia is pro­duc­ing less-than-friendly coverage for Mon­day’s fes­tiv­i­ties, im­ply­ing that this year’s cel­e­bra­tion has been ill-planned and is less elab­o­rate than in years past. In­deed, big-name celebri­ties are not be­ing touted — per­haps a re­fresh­ing Trump touch in the eyes of many Amer­i­cans.

Mean­while, social me­dia is al­ready per­co­lat­ing with politi­cized com­ments about the event; such Twit­ter hash­tags as #EasterEg­gRoll and #WhiteHouseEasterEg­gRoll have al­ready been uti­lized as a spring­board by crit­ics.

De­spite such hub­bub, the egg roll is on a roll, and will go for­ward bright and early Mon­day with style, good cheer and the help of 500 de­voted vol­un­teers, hand-packed goody bags, staffers, U.S. mil­i­tary bands, a fam­ily band from Ten­nessee and an­other from New Jersey. See the friendly do­ings streamed livestreamed here: White­house.gov1.info/easter-egg-roll.

WELLS WOOD TURN­ING & FIN­ISH­ING

Com­mem­o­ra­tive White House Easter eggs in­clude a gold ver­sion, which prompted ques­tions from vet­eran broad­caster Katie Couric.

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