It's been a tough couple of months for the nascent Trump presidency, which has already managed to fail with remarkable consistency at implementing some of its most ambitious policy objectives. Fortunately, the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, a venerable tradition that dates back more than a century, is nearly upon us, and one might think that this high-profile, feel-good event would provide the floundering administration with a badly needed opportunity to restore some semblance of order and normalcy. Unfortunately, even a sunny spring afternoon of bunny-adjacent amusement is proving to be more than the Trump brain trust can handle.
Here's a new report from The New York Times:
President Trump received an urgent warning in February, informing him of a crucial date he was about to miss.
“FYI manufacturing deadlines for the Easter eggs are near,” said a Twitter post directed at Mr. Trump; the first lady, Melania Trump; and the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump. “Please reach out!”
It's telling that the company that supplies the event's novelty wooden eggs was getting so worried about the White House's alarming radio silence that they had to resort to tweeting at the president and First Lady—their personal and official handles, just to be safe—to see if they were going to do this thing at all.
By early March, the White House announced that the roll was on—next Monday, to be exact—and soon followed up with a rush order for the wooden eggs.
A rush order of wooden eggs. It's entirely fair to wonder whether, but for the fact that some eagle-eyed social-media staffer happened to notice a stray tweet, the Trump administration would have remembered to put anything together for Easter Sunday, or whether the occasion would have managed to slip blissfully and quietly by altogether. As it stands, this year's Easter Egg Roll is expected to be a hastily assembled, scaled-down affair that accommodates about half the usual number of attendees and a fifth of the usual number of staffers, and the Times's account is brimming with delicious details of just how thoroughly the White House is bungling the logistics of putting together a paint-by-numbers event that happens at the same damn time every spring.
For starters, the kids don't know what's going on:
Washington-area public schools that normally receive blocks of tickets for as many as 4,000 children have yet to hear from the White House, according to representatives for school systems in the District of Columbia; Arlington, Va.; and Alexandria, Va. Several groups representing military families, who have accounted for as many as 3,000 guests in recent years, also said they had yet to be contacted.
You can read the rest at GQ.
And a special tip of the hat to our Hall of Fame Field Coordinator, Arthur Congo, for spotting this first.