Staff member dressed as Easter Bunny prevents Biden from answering reporter’s question
A staffer dressed in an Easter Bunny costume stepped in Monday to block President Biden from answering a reporter’s question on the White House lawn.
Biden, who hosted the first White House Easter egg roll of his presidency as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, began responding to Afghan journalist Nazira Karimi’s inquiry before the bunny does not show up and interrupt him.
Event attendee Thomas C. Dillon tweeted his footage of the interaction, which was not visible to most onlookers.
“Joe Biden was quickly interrupted by the Easter Bunny after he started commenting on #Afghanistan and #Pakistan at the White House,” Dillion captioned an 11-second clip.
Dillon, a public relations consultant and former adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, shared an extended version of the video with The Post, including Karimi’s brief and hard-to-hear investigation into Afghanistan, Pakistan and Russia .
“Pakistan shouldn’t and Afghanistan should be – people should be free,” Biden’s response began, before the bunny rushed to his location.
Biden turned his head towards the costumed figure in apparent shock and walked away from the censored beast.
The bunny excitedly waved its furry paws and shooed Biden away, apparently because he was needed to kick off another round of the egg-rolling competition with a whistle.
White House press secretary Meghan Hays appeared to step forward as an official in disguise, tweet a photo of herself in the bunny suit with Biden and first lady Jill Biden. The photo appears to have been taken just before or after the group’s participation in the event.
White House reporters widely hold Hays, the administration’s message planning director, responsible for limiting press access to Biden at public events over the past year.
The president routinely blames unidentified subordinates for his inability to answer reporters’ questions and some senior reporters say this is to the president’s political disadvantage, despite his propensity for gaffes.
The bunny’s interruption came moments after the president presided over a group of egg-rolling children on the White House lawn.
Karimi is known for her sometimes impassioned press remarks about the plight of Afghan civilians and women since the Taliban took power last year. She wore a see-through rain poncho and held a video camera as she interviewed Biden, but did not immediately release her recording.
The holiday bunny made additional appearances Monday after the egg roll, including heading to the podium in the White House briefing room ahead of press secretary Jen Psaki’s briefing.
White House press aide Angela Perez tweeted a photo of the same mascot sitting at a press desk.
In 2008, during the George W. Bush administration, Sean Spicer – who became President Donald Trump’s first White House press secretary – wore the bunny costume for the Easter egg roll.