Monday, March 24, 2008
The White House Easter Egg Roll
As all six of us lined up on the South Lawn--the only thing left for me to say was: "OK Guys--This is 'The Money Shot!!' Moments like this make everything--I mean EVERYTHING else--worthwhile."
My Best Friend!! Screech!! whistling in agreement as loud as ever heard. Yes, Our Washington Nationals Mascot--Screech!! and Our Racing Presidents were on hand at The White House this morning as Special Guests for The Easter Egg Roll--their second visit to Sacred Ground. The Annual Rite of Washington--when anyone fortunate to have a ticket can bring their children to The White House for Fun & Games.
Knowing well in advance of their attendance and having the proper credentials--opportunity was at hand for a seriously good time. The chance to shoot some Special Photos--for The Ages. Shortly before 8AM--as I joined the Press Escort through The Rose Garden and onto the South Lawn--looming right before me were Our Racing Presidents. Screech was already in typical form--hamming it up for the many kids arriving.
Without any of them noticing--slowly I approached and yelled out: "SCREEEEEEEECH!!" The sight of of My Best Friend's!! rather large head and beak slowly turning backwards--in acknowledgement of my well known scream--PRICELESS. Greetings and Salutations all around--immediately followed by "Let Teddy Win!! Let Teddy Win!!" Yes, let it be known that at 8:05AM on March 24th, 2008--that most famous of cheers--was heard at The White House!! Pretty Cool?!! "Teddy" again feeling the love on the grounds representing Freedom and Democracy.
An embrace shared when--out of the blue--his "Wife", Mrs. Teddy Roosevelt herself, posted up to relive the past. It doesn't get much better than that folks--totally happenstance.
The fact that Our "Rushmores" had returned to their Historical Home--the sight of their Greatest Fame-not going unnoticed by me. No way--I was missing out today. Could there ever be a more perfect setting for a Presidential Photo Shoot of George, Abe, Tom and Teddy? In a short period of time--Our Racing Presidents have entered part lore in Washington, DC.
Team President Stan Kasten telling me later: "The Racing Presidents are a little bit of history; a little bit of baseball; and a whole lot of fun. They're the perfect embodiment of the National Pastime in our Nation's Capital."
Honestly, this was a GREAT OPPORTUNITY!!
Just look at this photo taken deep on The South Lawn. Even with a few thousand in attendance--The Racing Presidents'Heads clearly stand out.
Really funny was the witnessing of GW, Tom, Abe & Teddy not even moving from their appointed positions. Everybody came over to see and take pictures with them. When The Cabbage Patch Kids, Tweedy & Bugs Bunny all want to share the spotlight with you--everyone on hand knew who was The Life of Party. Even The Easter Bunny himself--had to be seen with today's "Rock Stars".
Screeeech!! of course--continued to steal the show--whooping it up--getting some seriously nice smiles and giggles from the many children enjoying time with their parents. My Best Friend!! never at a lost for fun.
Of course, as popular as Our Racing Presidents and Screech were--they were still not The Main Attraction. That honor goes to the actual Easter Egg Roll--the reason for this festive gathering in the first place.
On display today, the innocence of childhood --always a joy to witness. Many smiling faces at The White House this Easter Monday Morning--both adult and adolescent.
Since the very first days that Sohna and I sat down in Section 320 at RFK Stadium--Baseball with Our Washington Nationals has been the main attraction--but the friendships and camaraderie gained over the past three seasons--at times--exceeds the enjoyment from the field. Sharing this morning with My Best Friend!! Screech!! and Our Racing Presidents would have been exceptional--if not for the fact that The African Queen had a previously scheduled Diplomatic Appointment. A meeting that could not be put off. Sadly, Sohna had to miss The Easter Egg Roll.
Otherwise--there is only one further description about the time enjoyed--with some of our favorite folks--on The South Lawn of The White House this Easter Monday Morning--Nearly Perfect!!
So enjoyable to end this post with the phrase heard so resoundingly on the grounds of The President Of The United States Today--"Let Teddy Win!! Let Teddy Win!! Let Teddy Win!!
(Photos--All Rights Reserved--Nats320)