Biden joins Jill and a masked rabbit at the White House for his Easter message

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President Joe Biden joined Jill Biden and the Easter Bunny at the White House on Monday to deliver a message of hope and a promise that next year will be a better celebration of the holiday.

“Easter is a day, enjoy it as we celebrate the Resurrection,” said the President from the South Portico balcony of the White House. “But this year we know that many are still going out for the familiar comforts of the season.”

Below the first pair, the South Portico was decorated with large painted cutouts of rabbits and chicks – all painted with protective masks. The steps were covered with fake grass.

Before the Bidens came out, a breeze blew over a large brown rabbit and a gray rabbit, but White House staff had them reset before the president’s speech began.

Joe Biden and Jill Biden’s signatures were on a pair of large egg-shaped cutouts. The footprints of Champ and Major are on two others.

President Joe Biden joined Jill Biden and the Easter Bunny in the White House

President Joe Biden joined Jill Biden and the Easter Bunny in the White House

The South Portico was decorated with large painted cutouts of rabbits and chicks - all painted with protective masks

The South Portico was decorated with large painted cutouts of rabbits and chicks - all painted with protective masks

The South Portico was decorated with large painted cutouts of rabbits and chicks – all painted with protective masks

Jill Biden took a flower from those surrounding the balcony and gave it to the Easter Bunny

Jill Biden took a flower from those surrounding the balcony and gave it to the Easter Bunny

Jill Biden took a flower from those surrounding the balcony and gave it to the Easter Bunny

President Joe Biden said dawn is coming and next year would be better

President Joe Biden said dawn is coming and next year would be better

President Joe Biden said dawn is coming and next year would be better

Joe and Jill Biden signed the eggs and some had paw prints of the dogs of the first pair, Champ and Major

Joe and Jill Biden signed the eggs and some had paw prints of the dogs of the first pair, Champ and Major

Joe and Jill Biden signed the eggs and some had paw prints of the dogs of the first pair, Champ and Major

Biden began his comments on a humorous note. As he walked onto the balcony, he said, “Good to see you buddy,” to the Easter Bunny, who was wearing a maroon face mask that covered his nose and whiskers.

But he got serious, acknowledging that people had to celebrate the holiday separately this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, which killed more than 555,000 Americans.

‘The virus has not disappeared. And for the second year in a row, most will be separated from their family or friends, ‘he said. “We know the long-awaited Dawn is almost here.”

He swore that next year will be different.

“We look forward to next year when the White House will re-ring the season with joy,” he said. “And God willing, they’ll be an Easter Egg Roll.”

He closed his comment with, “Take care of the Easter bunny.”

And Jill Biden picked a flower from the balcony arrangement and handed it to the rabbit, who played the president as Lieutenant Colonel Brandon Westling, a military assistant in the United States Air Force.

The Bidens have canceled the traditional Easter Egg Roll that takes place on the South Lawn the Monday after the holidays.

The thousands of memorial eggs typically distributed to children have instead gone to vaccination sites and communities and health centers across America.

The White House wooden Easter egg in commemoration of this year features the first dogs, Champ and Major, along with the Easter bunny wearing a face mask. The eggs are for sales through the White House Historical Association.

The Bidens spent the holiday weekend at Camp David with their families and returned to the White House Monday morning.

Champ and Major, the hounds of the Bidens, featured on this year's memorial Easter eggs

Champ and Major, the hounds of the Bidens, featured on this year's memorial Easter eggs

Champ and Major, the hounds of the Bidens, featured on this year’s memorial Easter eggs

First lady Jill Biden (left) and President Joe Biden (right) used their Easter message to urge Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19

First lady Jill Biden (left) and President Joe Biden (right) used their Easter message to urge Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19

First lady Jill Biden (left) and President Joe Biden (right) used their Easter message to urge Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19

The White House wooden Easter egg in commemoration of this year features the first dogs, Champ and Major, along with the Easter bunny wearing a face mask.

The White House wooden Easter egg in commemoration of this year features the first dogs, Champ and Major, along with the Easter bunny wearing a face mask.

The White House wooden Easter egg in commemoration of this year features the first dogs, Champ and Major, along with the Easter bunny wearing a face mask.

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden returned to the White House after spending an Easter weekend at Camp David

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden returned to the White House after spending an Easter weekend at Camp David

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden returned to the White House after spending an Easter weekend at Camp David

The first couple used their Easter message on Sunday to encourage Americans to get their COVID-19 vaccines.

“We share the sentiments of Pope Francis, who has said that vaccination is a moral obligation, one that can save your life and the lives of others,” the president said in a video message on Twitter. “Getting vaccinated and encouraging your municipalities and communities to get vaccinated will not only help us beat this virus, but also help us rush the day we can celebrate the holidays together.”

In his message, Biden, the country’s second Catholic president, called Easter the “ most holy day ” and quoted the Bible.

“The virus has not gone away and many of us still feel the longing and loneliness from a distance,” the president said. “For a second year, most will be separated from their families, their friends, entire congregations that fill us with joy.”

“And yet, as the gospel of John reminds us, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” the president continued.

The first lady reminded the American public, “The traditions of the Holy Week take us on a journey from sorrow to redemption.”

Like the Easter story, she suggested that things look up.

“As spring returns, we see hope all around us,” said Dr. Biden.

“Families are getting the financial help they need to catch their breath,” said the first lady. “More and more Americans are getting life-saving vaccines.”

The annual Easter Egg Roll, usually a joyous occasion where thousands of children flood the White House’s South Lawn to play games, including taking part in the famous spring roll race, last took place in person in 2019 when Donald and Melania Trump were inside. . office.

Last year, Melania Trump read a story to children online after the event was canceled due to COVID. She said the decision was ‘difficult’ at the time.

“The health and safety of all Americans must be the number one priority, especially now,” she said last March. “I deeply regret this cancellation, but we have to make tough decisions in the short term to ensure a healthy country in the long term.”

The White House Easter Egg Roll dates back to 1878, when President Rutherford B. Hayes agreed to open the White House the Monday after Easter to all children who wanted to roll Easter eggs.

In 1981, President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan organized a hunt for wooden eggs that bore the signatures of famous people. According to the Historical Association, wooden eggs quickly became the official White House spring rolls.

The eggs are designed to reflect the special theme of each year’s event and are engraved with the President’s and First Lady’s signatures.

This year there are the German Shepherds from Biden: Champ and Major.