These Kids Are Definitely Not Having Fun at the White House Easter Egg Roll [Updated]


Today is the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, which means we’re probably going to see a very professional and affecting photo of a child bawling on government property. 

It happens nearly every year. It is unclear whether there is something uniquely sad about Easter festivities that makes kids unhappy, or if proximity to presidential power is too overwhelming, or if the giant Easter Bunny mascot is too terrifying. It is very likely that the children are just recovering from a sugar rush. 

This year, the White House Easter Egg Roll not only made children unhappy, it downright terrified them. President Obama was doing his traditional reading of Where the Wild Things Are, until a soft buzz droning over the crowd was quickly drowned out by screams. 

“Oh no, it’s a bee," Obama said, unsuccessfully trying to comfort the children. "That’s okay, guys. Bees are good; they won’t land on you. They won’t sting you, they’ll be okay."

President Obama has had to comfort sorrowful children visiting the White House before.

President Barack Obama comforts crying 5-year-old Donaivan Frazier during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House tennis court April 1, 2013, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Last year, a kid ambled around the White House yard overcome with grief because she couldn’t stay forever.

A girl cries as she leaves after she participated in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn April 21, 2014, in Washington, D.C.Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

At other times, children have been sad because they couldn’t go to the White House Easter Egg Roll at all. 

Rachel Kelmartin, 6, stands in front of the White House after learning the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn was canceled due to rain, April 16, 2000, in Washington, D.C.Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

No one will ever know why everyone is smiling in this photo despite the fact that they are next to a screaming toddler. 

Jeffrey Nuechterlein, 1, cries while he and his sister, Eleanor Nuechterlein, 5, pose for a photograph on the lap of First Lady Laura Bush during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, April 17, 2006.Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Kids have been crying at the White House Easter Egg Roll for decades. 

President and Mrs. Reagan appear to be surrounded by bunnies at the 1982 White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn, April 12, 1982. The "bunny" at left is Secret Service agent Paul Gillman; the smaller rabbit was the wife of a trusted assistant.Photo: Charles Cancellare/Corbis

Although it is impossible to know, we assume that the kid staring at the clown who looks strangely like Al Franken is crying.

Children play under a large stuffed rabbit on the lawn of the White House during an Easter Egg Rolling Contest being sponsored by President Ronald Reagan, April 4, 1983. Photo: Bettmann/Corbis

Kids have other weapons in their facial-expression arsenal besides tears when it comes to showing displeasure with the White House. 

U.S. President George W. Bush holds Benjamin Favela, 4, during the start of the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 17, 2006. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Fear and loathing of the White House Easter Egg Roll is not limited to children. For the First Ladies, it is often difficult to tell whether they are having more fun than anyone else in attendance — or whether they are screaming in terror.

Nancy Reagan gets tangled up with Spiderman during the festivities at the 1982 White House Easter Egg Roll, April 12, 1982.Photo: Ronald T. Bennett/Corbis
First Lady Hillary Clinton reacts as U.S. President Bill Clinton blows a whistle to officially signal the start of the annual White House Easter egg hunt. Photo: Robert Giroux/AFP/Getty Images

However, the president of the United States is not the only leader who has had to comfort children during this apparently trying time of the year.

Pope Francis kisses a baby as he leaves at the end of a mass at St Peter's square as part of the Palm Sunday celebration on March 24, 2013, at the Vatican. Photo: Gabriuel BoueysAFP/Getty Images

In the end, it’s hard to blame kids for being confused and stressed by Easter, regardless of where it’s celebrated.

15-month-old Jack Dullum, in the arms of his mother Chris Dullum from Niles, IL, reacts as he meets the Easter Bunny on March 28, 2002.Photo: Tim Boyle/Getty Images