Upset boy gets presidential hug during White House Easter Egg Roll
If 5-year-old Donovan Frazier is not happy, he won't be shy about it. He'll make his feelings known, whether it's to his parents or the leader of the free world.
When the Maryland boy, whose parents grew up in Scranton, became upset during the annual Easter Egg Roll Monday at the South Lawn of the White House, Donovan plopped down on the grass and cried. But he rebounded in a flash after getting a hug and a pep talk from none other than President Barack Obama himself. Video and photos of the poignant moment quickly went viral all over the globe.
"That was unexpected, for sure," Donovan's father, Donnie Frazier, said in a telephone interview . "I was thinking maybe no one will see this. Maybe it will get overlooked. Apparently that didn't happen."
Mr. Frazier, a member of the U.S. Air Force, took Donovan to the Easter Egg Roll. They were among thousands of people who attended the 134-year-old event, which was established by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878 and features rolling colored eggs across the lawn.
The egg rolling itself was over in a matter of seconds. In that short time, when little Donovan rolled his egg with a small wooden spoon outside of a line, he became frustrated and plopped down on the lawn, but got up and finished, though he was still sad, his father said.
"If he's not happy, he'll let you know," Mr. Frazier said.
As the president came through the crowd giving high-fives to the kids, "That's when he noticed Donovan wasn't too happy," Mr. Frazier said. The Consoler-in-Chief then embraced the boy, said some encouraging words and handed him an Easter egg to make him feel better. "He gave him a hug and said 'Press on. Shake it off.' "
The boy did just that and later was delighted to see himself on television news, Mr. Frazier said. The presidential hug was an unscripted, unique and special moment that the boy and his family no doubt will never forget, Mr. Frazier said. He plans on putting the tickets for the event and a photo in a plaque as a keepsake.
"It turned out fine," Mr. Frazier said. "He enjoyed the rest of the day. It was a good day overall."
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