President Barack Obama consoles Donovan Frazier during the boy's Easter egg roll. (Jason Reed/Reuters)
Taking a turn as comforter-in-chief, President Barack Obama on Monday consoled a 5-year-old boy, distraught after losing his Easter egg roll, with a hug and a kind, "Shake it off."
The boy, Donovan Frazier, and his dad, Donnie Frazier, 35, came from Scranton, Pa., for the annual celebration. They joined some 30,000 Americans from all 50 states who got tickets for the festivities on the South Lawn of the White House. There, in the spring sunshine, groups of about 10 kids at a time raced to see who would be the first to push their hard-boiled Easter egg with a spoon across the finish line.
The younger Frazier apparently did not win, and did not take it well, slumping on the grass and crying. Obama stopped to comfort him.
"Here, you want the egg? You get to keep it. Shake it off. Shake it off. There you go," the president said, according to a pool report from Alex Leary of the Tampa Bay Times.
The entire Obama family attended the event—the president, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia. A costumed Easter Bunny and "Kid President" (viral video maker Robby Novak) were also on hand.