Thursday, November 22, 2018
20C-21C Theater of the Absurd - Presidential Pardons for potential Thanksgiving Turkeys
This is one of the strangest Thanksgiving customs that we have. Advertising for the turkey growers. In 1947, National Turkey Foundation & the Poultry & Egg National Board first presented Thanksgiving turkeys to President Harry S. Truman. According to turkey foundation, Truman was given 1 live turkey & 2 dressed turkeys the week before Thanksgiving in 1947. Tradition says that Truman donated the live bird to a local farm, where the turkey was guaranteed a long life unmolested by stuffing or gravy. But, truth be told, he probably ate it.
President Obama's next pardoned turkeys were sent to "Turkey Hill," a historic farm located at the home of former Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis in Leesburg, Virginia. President Obama used the pardoning ceremonies to poke fun at his critics over his executive actions giving a new legal status to some undocumented immigrants, saying his Thanksgiving pardon of a turkey would doubtlessly be criticized as “amnesty.” Obama joked that the turkey pardons would be the “most talked about executive action this month” & one that’s “fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats & Republican presidents before...I know some will call this amnesty, but don’t worry, there is plenty of turkey to go around.”