Easter Bunny makes surprise visit to White House briefing room

A White House staff member dressed as an Easter Bunny visited the White House briefing room on Monday as a press secretary Jen psakiJen PsakiEquilibrium / Sustainability – Brought to you by Southern Company – Indigenous solar startups see business as activism Psaki: Sexism contributes to some Harris reviews Arkansas opens boosters to all adults MORE concluded a regular afternoon briefing with journalists.

The life-size bunny, who wore a face mask to reflect the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, walked to the front of the briefing room and handed out 2021 Easter eggs and candy to reporters.

The Easter Bunny also made an appearance at an event earlier Monday afternoon in which President BidenJoe Biden Florida Republicans Vote To Limit Vaccination Mandates Bill honoring 13 servicemen killed in Afghanistan heads to Biden’s office overnight Defense and National Security – Brought to you by Boeing – Pentagon promises more transparency in strikes aerial PLUS delivered remarks marking the Easter holiday instead of the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll, which has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have a special guest. I will say we know this is one of the events where people can take their kids, family members, friends, ”Psaki said as the Easter Bunny walked to the podium at the end of the briefing. “It’s not quite the same. We’ll be making a big one next year, but we still wanted to have a special commemorative visitor and Easter eggs for all of you from the President and the First Lady.

The White House eggs given to reporters were multi-colored and decorated with a photo of a rabbit wearing a mask on the front and signatures of Biden and the first lady Jill bidenJill BidenBiden, Senior Officials Have Spread Out To Promote Ciara Infrastructure Package To Promote Childhood Immunizations Alongside Jill Biden Hill’s Morning Report – Brought to you by ExxonMobil – House Democrats consider important vote on the Biden PLUS measure on the back.

Meghan Hays, director of message planning at the White House, then tweeted a photo of herself in the bunny costume with her head removed, revealing that she was playing the role of the Easter Bunny.

“Do they mean when they say ‘other duties as assigned’? Hays joked.

Psaki was asked on Monday if the costume was the same as the one previously worn by the elder President TrumpDonald TrumpOn The Money – Biden Warns Oil Industry The Memo: Gosar Censored, But Toxic Culture Grows Cleveland MLB team officially changes name to Guardians on Friday MOREpress officer of Sean spicerSean Michael Spicer Chris Wallace calls Psaki “one of the best press secretaries of all time” John Legend, Chrissy Teigen troll Sean Spicer Biden, doubts over administration skills increase MORE during his time in the administration of George W. Bush. Images of Spicer in the outfit resurfaced in 2017 and became part of the Trump-era employee’s “Saturday Night Live” impression.

“That doesn’t sound like, but we’ll have to check this out for you,” Psaki replied. “Different eyelashes.”

The White House later confirmed that the suit Spicer wore was indeed different from the one Hays wore on Monday.

—Update at 3:30 p.m.

Alicia R. Rucker