Monday was the occasion of the White House Easter Egg Roll and I'm guessing there were probably more than a few kids who were terror-stricken by the sight of the very large bunny seen with President Obama in the above photo.
I've witnessed such inconsolable fear myself. I once attended one of these South Lawn rolls and saw the toddler child of a friend shriek at the sight of a bunny the size of a man. Only leaving the White House grounds calmed the youngster.
And, really, who could blame the kid? Even when you know there's a person in the suit, there's something slightly unsettling about an anthropomorphized rabbit in a vest and wire rim glasses who resembles Teddy Roosevelt.
Anyway, it's all supposed to be whimsical and little escapism at the White House is a good thing now and again. Also, any chance to see the president of the U.S. doing a comic turn with someone in a bunny suit probably makes even a few toddler tears and nightmares worth it. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.