More than 21000 expected at Trump's first Easter Egg Roll

More than 21000 expected at Donald Trump's first Easter Egg Roll

Shannon Jones applied weeks ago for the annual lottery that pulls names to be a part of the White House Egg Roll.

Standing next to Melania and his eleven-year-old son Barron, President Trump forgot to lift his hand to his heart during the national anthem and only remembered when his wife nudged him to do so.

Opening his first White House Easter Egg Roll, President Donald Trump extolled the strength of America as thousands of kids, and some adults, reveled in the time-honored tradition of rolling hard-boiled eggs across the manicured lawn in his back yard.

The president thanked everyone for coming out, vowing that "we will be stronger and bigger and better as a nation than ever before, we are right on track".

A mini version of the 139-year-old event has started off on the South Lawn on White House property.

Yes, it's true the White House got a late jump on ordering the traditional wooden Easter eggs, failed to book any high-profile authors and entertainers to engage with the crowds, and wound up with fewer attendees than when Barack and Michelle Obama hosted the event.

Approximately 21,000 people will attend this year.

Trump commented that the children invited to take part in the event were "highly, highly competitive". (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) FILE- In this April 1, 2013, file photo, children participate in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

The Easter Bunny made an appearance, though, as did both Trump and the first lady. I, in my apparent ignorance, thought it might have been visits by the heads of state of Canada, England, Israel, China, Japan, and oh so many others, all in the new President's first two months.

Senior White House staff argued that they'd intentionally aimed for a smaller crowd than in previous years.

Maybe Berman isn't aware of this, but the Easter Bunny and egg rolls are not actually part of Christian theology.

The first lady, who was a model, said she looked forward to "sharing my ideas and traditions of entertaining and social hospitality" with her new aide. Pop star Fergie was the musical guest in 2009, and performers over the years included Justin Bieber, Janelle Monae and Ariana Grande. "I think we're going to have an eggs-ellent time". This year, the Trump administration has teamed up with Harbinger, an event planning company whose portfolio includes the Papal visit, the Google media filing center at the 2016 GOP debates, and the Romney for President campaign. The act for 2017 is the Martin Family Circus, a six-person band from Nashville.



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