In a continued effort to make the Easter Egg Roll more environmentally friendly, all eggs have again been crafted in the United States from Forest Stewardship Council-certified hardwood.
Note the ‘again’: they were wooden last year, too (in 2009 they were apparently still using real eggs). And giving the kids a wooden commemorative egg stretches back to the previous administration and probably longer. It looks like what happened is that somebody decided to just expand the wooden egg thing to its logical conclusion; green silliness aside, there is an argument that this is a reasonable way to minimize waste and cleanup. In other words, while the National Egg Board may take it on the chin, the fact that the White House lawn will be less organically messy next month doesn’t really bother me.
What does bother me is that, yet again, the Obama administration has closed this event off to local residents and their children*. They started this nonsense in 2009; and it’s already too late for people who actually live in the Washington DC area to get tickets. About the only thing that can be said about the new system is that they apparently managed to finally get the ticket scalping problem under control; but replacing a cherished local tradition of public access to a White House event in favor of an ostensibly ‘fairer’ system that actually rewards families with sufficient disposable income to make the trip is no less rude in 2011 than it was in 2009. Just a little bit more entrenched.
I politely suggest that the next President keep the wooden eggs, and dump the lottery. That seems fair enough.
*With one exception: they’re having a poster contest at local schools where the winner gets to attend, along with his/her class. How nice of them – and, bluntly? Considering the demographics of this area, how pseudo-multicultural of them, too.