Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Silly Tradition: Pardoning the Turkey

On my ride into work this morning, I heard the story of how the president "pardoned" a turkey. Don't you get pardons when you do something wrong? Or are we just being politically correct by not saying that he saved a turkey's life? Because really, if you think about it, the only wrong that poor Pumpkin and Pecan did, was to be born as turkeys on a turkey farm (yes, the pardoned turkey has a name and so does his alternate in case he dies en route to the White House). By pardoning a turkey, is that suppose to make us feel okay about killing lots of turkeys for Thanksgiving? I just don't see the need.

This is just a ridiculous tradition and in my humble opinion is a waste of executive time. If you want to know more about the tradition, head on over to this link at Do you think this is worth an internet petition to stop stupid traditions? Like anything else that goes on in Washington, it's probably a political thing. Gobble, Gobble, unbelievable it's been going on for 61 years!

If you really want to see a stupid turkey pardon, you can always watch turkeys being killed as Sarah Palin pardons a turkey in Alaska. It's a gruesome video. But once again, I have to ask...Is it necessary to pardon a turkey?

Whether you eat turkey or not, Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be a day of thanks, good cheer, good food and good company.


  1. How ummmmm odd! I never heard of that tradition and I agree it seems to not make a whole lot of sense.

    I think it's one of those ideas that seemed to make sense 61 years ago and now they just go through it because it's 'what we do' and no one would dare say anything negative about a tradition that!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  2. I agree -- stupid tradition. The President has nothing better to do . . . heck, maybe that's his most important act . . . lol

    I have a greeting for you today on my blog also.

  3. Perhaps the turkey doing the pardoning is the one who needs it most?

    I'm just saying.

    Hope your holiday was blessed.

  4. I like the corny tradition of pardoning the turkey, and admit to being amused by the Palin footage. The Thanksgiving tradition I'd like to see abolished is the annual footrace into Wal-Mart (or is it Target?)at 4:00 AM on Friday. I just don't get it.

    I do love your idea of pardoning the entire menu. I want to champion the poor sweet potato!


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