MEDIA UNDERMINES WHITE HOUSE EASTER EGG ROLL
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.
Commemorative White House Easter eggs include a gold version, which prompted questions from veteran broadcaster Katie Couric.