The White House is displaying state Easter eggs, some of which are pretty cool if you're into that sort of thing. I personally like the entries from Kansas, Montana, Missouri and New Hampshire. But one certainly stands out. Pennsylvania's is a rendition of Gov. Ed Rendell (D).
After some research, I found an explanation from The Patriot-News in Harrisburg. The egg is the creation of Stephanie Robenseifner, a 21-year-old senior illustration major at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design in Lancaster, the paper reports.
Normally, I paint portraits," said Robenseifner... "So when our professor told us about the contest, I decided to paint the governor."
Robenseifner, whose decorated egg beat out 11 others in the state contest, said she took a raw egg, inserted a pin into both ends to create holes, then blew the egg out of the shell. She filled the shell with a liquid material which hardened, then used acrylic paint for the governor's portrait.
"I've never met Gov. Rendell," she said. "I worked from photos. It took me eight hours to finish. His wife saw the egg at the [Pennsylvania State] Farm Show and said she was pleased with it. He's seen pictures of it."
So it wasn't Rendell's idea, anyway. And, yes, Rendell is Jewish.