A White House staffer dressed as the Easter Bunny paid a visit to the White House briefing room on Monday as press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiUK to pilot use of coronavirus passports at upcoming large gatherings Once-secret Guantanamo Bay unit shuttered by US Buttigieg says infrastructure plan will cut deficit ‘by year 16’ MORE was concluding a regular afternoon briefing with reporters.
The life-size bunny, who wore a face mask to reflect the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, walked to the front of the briefing room and distributed 2021 Easter eggs and candy to reporters.
The Easter Bunny also made an appearance at an event earlier Monday afternoon during which President BidenJoe BidenBiden should look to ‘Ostpolitik’ to negotiate with autocrats The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden’s infrastructure plan triggers definition debate The Memo: Biden’s bet on taxes MORE delivered remarks marking the Easter holiday instead of the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll, which was canceled for the second year in a row due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have a special guest. I will say that we know that this is one of the events where people get to take their children, family members, friends to,” Psaki said as the Easter Bunny walked towards the podium at the end of the briefing. “It’s not quite the same. We’ll do a big one next year, but we still wanted to have a visitor and some special commemorative Easter eggs for all of you from the president and first lady.”
Easter Bunny in the briefing room! pic.twitter.com/vBRj2WNXb1
— Morgan Chalfant (@mchalfant16) April 5, 2021
The White House eggs handed out to reporters were multicolored and decorated with a picture of a rabbit wearing a mask on the front and signatures of Biden and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden’s infrastructure plan triggers definition debate Obamas wish Americans ‘a safe and happy Easter’ Bidens wish Americans a happy Easter holiday MORE on the back.
Meghan Hays, White House director of message planning, later tweeted a photo of herself in the bunny costume with the head portion removed, revealing that she was playing the part of the Easter Bunny.
“Is this what they mean when they say ‘other duties as assigned’?!” Hays quipped.
Is this what they mean when they say “other duties as assigned”?! So great to stop by @PressSec’s briefing today. Happy Easter! pic.twitter.com/NTctbV4Jaq
— Meghan Hays (@MegHays46) April 5, 2021
Psaki was asked Monday whether the costume was the same as the one previously worn by former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden should look to ‘Ostpolitik’ to negotiate with autocrats The Memo: Biden’s bet on taxes Why some Republicans think vaccine passports will backfire on Democrats MORE’s press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerJason Miller, Andrew Giuliani join Newsmax as contributors Newsmax adds Andrew Giuliani as a contributor Psaki signals she’s open to reviving ‘Skype seats’ amid pandemic MORE during his time in the George W. Bush administration. Images of Spicer in the outfit resurfaced in 2017 and became part of “Saturday Night Live’s” impression of the then-Trump staffer.
“It does not look similar but we’ll have to fact-check that for you,” Psaki answered. “Different eye lashes.”
The White House later confirmed that the suit worn by Spicer was indeed different than the one that Hays wore on Monday.
—Updated at 3:30 p.m.