Monday, April 17, 2006

“Oh, Didn’t We Tell You?”

Gay parents and their kids go to the back of the line at the White House Easter Egg Roll.

After waiting outside overnight to be among the first to enter this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll, families in line were surprised to learn that the White House had changed the ticketing policy for the annual event, PageOneQ has learned.

The unannounced change means that the families who waited in line the longest, in one case for twenty-four hours, will not be among the visitors at the event’s opening ceremonies. The first families in line, who were not part of the LGBT family group, received tickets with an 11:00am entrance time, two hours later than the opening time listed in the White House press release.

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In a telephone call and email exchange with PageOneQ […], Deputy White House Dana Perino, the Deputy White House Press Secretary told PageOneQ that, “[T]he number of tickets are the same as every year, and that the large group we invited this year is youth volunteers … and they are coming in the morning. We invite a group like that every year, for instance one or two years ago it was military families. In order to accomodate [sic] all of the people who want to come to the easter egg roll, we stagger the times to ensure maximum enjoyment for everyone.”

It’s always something.

By the way, the president won’t be there. He’s going to tour a defense plant in Virginia. Well, I hope all the kids have a good time.