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The Story Behind This Year’s Presidential Turkey Pardon

It’s a tradition that every year at Thanksgiving, the president "pardons" one turkey, saving him from being eaten that year.  Most people see this gesture as a sort of whimsical thing with no meaning.  But what you don’t know, is that these turkeys were actually wrongly accused and because turkey justice system is so flawed, these pardons were a long time coming.  Take a look at the story behind this year’s turkey.

8 Responses to "The Story Behind This Year’s Presidential Turkey Pardon"

  1. jessica says:

    sad sad turkey

  2. Mr SPizzo says:

    Holy god… as funny as the whole thing is, for some damn reason “Race of Victim: Turkey” has had me laughing hard for 5 minutes straight. Sometimes it’s the little things.

  3. Anonymous says:

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  4. Fabricati says:

    Curiously, ‘one-winged turkey’ wouldn’t be a Final Fantasy VII reference, would it? I thought of it as one and couldn’t help but laugh at that alone. Maybe it was just me.

    We salute you, Mr. Fat One with Brown Feathers. You can sleep peacefully tonight.

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  6. Lisa P says:

    During the Thanksgiving Day it is very common that the president is pardoning a live turkey. It is part of their tradition. Thanksgiving is a celebration wherein all the members of the family are giving thanks to the blessings that they receive. Consider a cash advance to keep things in place this holiday season before slaughtering a living thing on television. Did you see Sarah Palin’s Thanksgiving turkey video? It seems like the Alaska Governor was having a good time exercising her “governor duty by saving a lucky turkey from the chopping block. The sacrifice of the turkey was only to express her thanks and appreciation to have a healthy family and to dwell on the land of opportunity. As Palin delivers a moving oratory for the life of the beleaguered bird, what you do see is something that encourages the total opposite; a bird being slaughtered! She told reporters that “this was neat and “at least this was fun. With this turkey slaughter broadcasted across the country, it should probably make you think, “Will she be aware of her surroundings if or when she decides to plow her way back into the 2012 presidential election? She may be able to save Joe the Sixpack, but what will happen to Johnny Longneck? Well, if you ask me, I’m sure he’ll be looking into getting his hands on a fast cash advance for a plane ticket to Canada. Click to read more on a Cash Advance.

  7. Furniture Packages Turkey says:

    Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have continued the pardons begun under the first Bush. Some confusion about the true origin of this practice has crept into recent presidential speeches though. One story claims that Harry Truman pardoned the turkey given to him in 1947, but the Truman Library has been unable to find any evidence of this. Another story claims the tradition dates back to Abraham Lincoln pardoning his son Tad’s pet turkey.
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