Thanksgiving Presidential Turkey Pardon
President Obama made the official presidential Thanksgiving pardon on Wednesday, November 23 2011. "I hereby pardon 'Liberty' so that he can live out the rest of his days in peace and tranquility in Disneyland."
Firstly, imagine this: you are president of the United States, and at Thanksgiving you are given yet another turkey; what do you do? Secondly, consider the question, 'What are all presidents, especially presidents of the United States, skilled at?' Why public relations, hype and maximising media opportunities. Thirdly, what do all journalists seek? If they can't get a scoop, then newspaper hacks create an urban myth by massaging the truth.
As Thanksgiving tradition dicates, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving President Obama pardoned two turkeys, this year it was Liberty and Peace (reserve) who were spared.
The president really enjoys giving the signal to spare the bird (as seen on the video). Incidentally, you can see how much Malia and Sasha have grown in a year.
On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving President Obama pardoned two turkeys called Apple and Cider (understudy). The ceremony took place in the Rose Garden as usual.
"Today, I have the awesome responsibility of granting a presidential pardon to a pair of turkeys," Obama said, standing with daughters Malia and Sasha. "Now, for the record, let me say that it feels pretty good to stop at least one shellacking this November."
Apple and Cider were two of the 20,000 turkeys born this summer at Foster Farms Wellsford Ranch outside of Modesto, California. They were among 25 turkeys from the ranch selected to participate in a competition to become the national Thanksgiving turkey, which included the turkeys "strutting their stuff" to music, Obama said.
As usual, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, The President pardoned a turkey. In 2009 President Obama spared 'Courage', along with an alternative called 'Carolina', apparently, this was the choice of his daughters.
President Obama's Statement
Today, I am pleased to announce that thanks to the interventions of Malia and Sasha, because I was planning to eat this sucker, "Courage" will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate. Later today, he'll head to Disneyland, where he'll be grand marshal of tomorrow's parade. And just in case "Courage" can't fulfill his responsibilities, Walter brought along another turkey, "Carolina," as an alternate, the stand-in.
The presidents' turkey pardon has all the above ingredients of a feel-good story. Way back in 1947 the National Turkey Federation had the PR master-stroke of donating one of their finest turkeys to the President of the United States. For 25 years the mutual publicity stunt proceeded without a hitch, until in 1963 when President Kennedy, looked at his turkey and said, 'Let's keep him going '.
For the next 25 years nothing of note happened until in 1989 President George H.W. Bush (snr) officially pardoned that year's turkey.
Politicians are masters of jumping on a popular band-wagon and Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush carried on pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey, and strangely, 'An Alternate in case the principle cannot carryout its duties'. No doubt a euphemism for insurance in case the first one is so fat it has a premature heart attack and dies before it can be pardoned.
In a modern day twist on the presidential turkey pardon, the American public were now allowed to vote for the turkeys' names on the White House web site. The reprieved turkeys in 2008 were Pumpkin and Pecan, in 2007 May and Flower were spared, as were 2006's Flyer and Fryer. Going back to 2005 it was Marshmallow and Yam; while 2004's were Biscuit and Gravy.
However, Will and Guy wonder if we missed the 2009 vote on which turkey to pardon? Or has has there been a change of policy? No doubt all will be revealed.
If You Think This Turkey Is Big? Wait Until You See The Gravy Boat
Bowlers Have A Fun Time: A Short, Clean Thanksgiving Story
Each year Cincinnati, USA, warms up for Thanksgiving with its traditional Turkey Bowl, an annual outdoor event using frozen turkeys in place of bowling balls. Contestants will try to knock down 10 pins by sliding 'rock-hard' birds down a lane on the holiday season ice skating rink based in Fountain Square. The person with the highest score after three rounds wins $100 cash.
You may be pleased to know that Will and Guy have established that the frozen birds used in 'Turkey Bowl' are discarded store turkeys not intended for anyone's consumption. We would hate to see eatable birds going to waste.
Sarah new young bride calls her mother in tears. She sobs, 'Richard doesn't appreciate what I do for him.'
'Now, now,' her mother comforted, 'I am sure it was all just a misunderstanding.'
'No, mother, you don't understand. I bought a frozen turkey roll and he yelled and screamed at me about the price.'
'Well, the nerve of that lousy cheapskate,' says her mum. 'Those turkey rolls are only a few dollars.'
'No, mother it wasn't the price of the turkey. It was the aeroplane ticket.' "Aeroplane ticket...." What did you need an airplane ticket for?'
'Well mother, when I went to fix it, I looked at the directions on the package and it said: "Prepare from a frozen state," so I flew to Alaska.' See our funny Christmas stories.
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