A person dressed in an enormous Easter Bunny costume intervened Monday to stop President Biden from answering a reporter’s question on the White House lawn.
Biden, hosting the first White House Easter Egg Roll of his presidency as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, began to answer Afghan reporter Nazira Karimi’s inquiry before the bunny showed up and ended the exchange.
Event attendee Thomas C. Dillon tweeted his footage of the interaction, which wasn’t viewable to most spectators.
“Joe Biden quickly interrupted by the Easter Bunny after he starts to comment on #Afghanistan and #Pakistan at the White House,” Dillion captioned an 11-second clip.
Dillon, a public relations consultant and former adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, shared an extended version of the video with The Post, including Karimi’s brief and hard-to-hear inquiry regarding Afghanistan, Pakistan and Russia.
“Pakistan should not and Afghanistan should be — people should be free,” Biden began his answer, before the bunny rushed to his location.
Biden jerked his head toward the costumed character in apparent shock and took a step back from it.
The bunny enthusiastically waved its stuffed paws and ushered Biden away, apparently because he was needed to kick off another round of the egg-rolling competition by blowing a whistle.
It’s unclear who was inside the bunny outfit, though White House press assistant Angela Perez tweeted a picture of the same mascot sitting in the executive mansion press office.
In 2008, during the George W. Bush administration, Sean Spicer — who went on to be President Donald Trump’s first White House press secretary — wore the rabbit costume for the Easter egg roll.
Biden routinely blames unidentified subordinates for his inability to field journalists’ questions.
The encounter occurred just moments after Biden presided over a group of children rolling eggs around on the White House lawn.
Karimi is known for her sometimes passionate press briefing remarks about the plight of Afghan civilians and women since last year’s Taliban takeover. She wore a clear rain poncho and held a video camera as she questioned Biden, but did not immediately publish her recording.