Before Sean Spicer became White House Press Secretary, he spoke at the University of Chicago. Even before that, he served in what might have been his most important role to date: the Easter Bunny.
The White House Easter Egg Roll started while James Madison was president, and has been an annual tradition ever since. The Easter Bunny itself wasn’t a ubiquitous presence until President Richard Nixon’s tenure, when Pat Nixon first brought it to the White House.
With the exceptions of World Wars I and II, the Easter Egg Roll has taken place at the White House on the Monday after Easter.
While the Madisons had the first Easter Egg Roll at the White House in the early 1800s, it wasn’t until Rutherford B. Hayes was in office that the president actually officially hosted an Easter Egg Roll at the White House, and this happened only two years after Congress passed the Turf Protection Act, that prevented the grounds by the Capitol from being used “as playgrounds.” Evidently that wasn’t how Hayes rolled.
The Roll has also been the scene for stages of unity throughout the years, such as in 1985, when Nancy Reagan personally invited a girl to attend after a staffer told the girl that she was unwelcome because she had supported Walter Mondale’s failed presidential campaign.
While George W. Bush was president, the White House was apparently short on staff, and it enlisted Spicer to serve his country from within the confines of a bunny costume.
Evidently his performance in the job was so outstanding that President Donald Trump wanted to promote him to Press Secretary, costume not required, although there have been times when Spicer wanted to return to the safety of his former furry self.