Only Democrats Have Cancelled White House Easter Egg Rolls

March 18, 2013 - 8:27 PM

A White House memo has sparked fears Pres. Obama may cancel the White House Easter Egg Roll due to the sequester cuts. If he does, it won't be the first time a Democrat has pulled the plug on this tradition that dates back at least 134 years.

The White House Easter Egg Roll tradition dates back to 1878 and President Rutherford B. Hayes (R), but there are records of informal egg rolling events as early as President Abraham Lincoln's (R) administration.

Every cancellation of the White House Easter Egg Roll has occurred with a Democrat in the White House, based on a White House history of the event.

The Easter Egg Roll did not take place from 1917 to 1920 under Pres. Woodrow Wilson (D) during World War I because of rationing, or from 1943-45 under FDR (D) and Pres. Harry S. Truman (D).

President Harry Truman (D) never hosted an egg roll:

  • 1945 during World War II
  • 1946 and 1947 food due to conservation efforts
  • 1948 through 1952, due to his renovation of the White House tore up the South Lawn.

Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower (R) revived the tradition, and Pres. Richard Nixon (R) was the first to host the Easter Bunny at the White House event.

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