Pardon the fowl

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Pardon the fowl
Pardon the fowl
AP photo by Charles Dharapak

The President, once again, participated in a yearly Thanksgiving tradition at the White House today, sparing two turkeys from the blade and pardoning them to a life in Mt. Vernon, Virginia.  (Which may or may not be better.)

President Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha in tow, joked, “Recently I’ve been taking a series of executive actions that don’t require congressional approval. Well, here’s another one: We can’t wait to pardon these turkeys. Literally.”

The audience laughed, Malia smiled. Sort of. 

The two birds pardoned today are named Liberty and Peace, but only the white-feathered, nonplussed Liberty was on display.  According to the White House, “Both birds were raised in Willmar, Minnesota” and will be a part of the “Christmas at Mt. Vernon” program at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.  Though this may only be a brief repreive.  ABC News reported that last year’s pardoned fowl died after about a year because of heart problems brought on by the fact that they’re bred to be overweight.

This afternoon the First Family will go to a food bank to donate two, less happy, dressed turkeys. Also this provides us the opportunity to link to this Thanksgiving-themed West Wing clip.


Pardon the fowl

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