The first White House Easter Egg Roll under the Trump administration was a total bust. Poor organization and low attendance made it pale in comparison with earlier Easter Egg Rolls, especially the ones organized by the Obama White House.
Last year’s White House Easter Egg Roll was attended by 35,000 guests and featured Beyoncé and Jay-Z. This year’s star attraction was a band called the Martin Family Circus.
Trump’s staff said they were “expecting around 21,000 people,” but photos of the crowd reveal that there were much, much fewer guests than that. — about an average crowd in recent decades, though much smaller the 35,000 that showed up in the final year of the Obama presidency.
According to the New York Daily News,
The South Lawn of the White House was empty throughout the morning of the roll, with no lines for activities from the egg roll itself to games of bag toss and an Easter egg hunt for most of the morning. Costumed characters milled about at times waiting for kids to take photos with, while overeager volunteers jumping at the chance to help families as bands of rain periodically doused the thin crowd.
The icing on the cake was this caption by the staffer who manages the White House Snapchat account, and who can’t spell “education.” In beautiful irony, the term they were going for was “Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos”: