The White House held its annual Easter Egg Roll today, opening the US president’s home to children and families from around the country. It did not fail to produce the awkward images of government officials vying for attention with a giant rabbit which have become part with the 140-year-old tradition.
Photos from this morning show Donald Trump, fresh off a morning round of tweets on topics ranging from immigration, NAFTA, Amazon and Sinclair Broadcasting, addressing the gathered crowds next to a bespectacled human-sized Easter bunny. The bunny has been a companion to several past presidents—during the George W. Bush administation, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was famously the man in the bunny costume.
Later in the morning, while seated at a table of children writing greeting cards for service members, Trump slipped back into some of his speech material, blaming Democrats for not securing support for DACA.
Photos from the rest of the morning showed the president, who had spent much of the weekend lashing out at critics and opponents, oscillating between pugnacious politician and master of ceremonies.
Past presidents and first ladies have leaned in on the slightly campy surrealness of the event.