Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Obama Pardons Turkey ... by 'Executive Action'

Obama maintained the tradition of pardoning a turkey, and used the opportunity to take a jab at those who have been criticizing his end-runs around congress.

Video embedded below.

"Declaring “we can’t wait to pardon these turkeys,” President Obama Wednesday gave two birds the traditional presidential reprieve from a sentence to be the centerpiece at a Thanksgiving dinner table.

“Some of you may know that recently I’ve been taking a series of executive actions that don’t require congressional approval,” Mr. Obama said. “Well, here’s another one. We can’t wait to pardon these turkeys — literally. Otherwise, they’d end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing.”

The president’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, accompanied their father on the North Portico of the White House for the event. As Mr. Obama approached a docile, 45-pound bird named Liberty that had been placed on a table, the president held out his arm and jokingly made the Sign of the Cross over the animal.

“You are hereby pardoned!” the president said.

Liberty and a companion named Peace were raised by students in Willmar, Minn., under the supervision of National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga.

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