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Drumstick and Wishbone have been pardoned by President Trump

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19 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 2:21:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/wh...

President Donald Trump on Tuesday joined the ranks of presidents to pardon turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving, granting Drumstick and Wishbone the turkey mercy in the Rose Garden.

Joined by first lady Melania Trump and son Barron, Trump said he was "pleased to report that unlike millions of other turkeys at this time of year, Drumstick has a very bright future ahead of him." The president, saying "Hi, Drumstick," predicted the turkey "is going to be very happy."

Both Drumstick and his friend Wishbone will live out their years at Virginia Tech's "Gobbler's Rest" enclosure, where last year's pardoned turkeys — Tater and Tot — currently reside after then-President Barack Obama kept them off the carving board.
19 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 2:37:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Did their dad LaButterball thank the president for the pardon?
19 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 2:39:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
LaButterball was unavailable for comment at press time.
19 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 3:47:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
What's the point of this tradition anyway?
19 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 3:54:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
to stop the other turkeys from revolting
19 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 4:00:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wonder if they're self aware and think of this as some sort of hunger games poo
19 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 4:07:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nothing really. It's just a fun thing.
19 days ago - Tuesday 11/21/17 - 4:42:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
We'll find out later he was stuffing one of the turkeys.
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 4:26:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
You have to understand that a foreigner looking at this tradition it looks absolutely ridiculous

Pardoning two turkeys on a holiday where you eat all the other turkeys

Wat
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 4:50:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
It might have something to do with the Roman tradition of pardoning criminals on a public holiday, like when Barabus the thief was pardoned rather than Jesus. Maybe it's a parody of that.
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 7:02:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
Presumably the President still eats turkey on Thanksgiving, regardless of 'pardoning' these turkeys
Also, 'pardoning' - as if these turkeys have done something deserving of death
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 9:30:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
This me seems no sillier than any holiday or religious tradition.
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 9:38:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 11/22/17 - 4:26:15 AM spacepeanut wrote:
You have to understand that a foreigner looking at this tradition it looks absolutely ridiculous Pardoning two turkeys on a holiday where you eat all the other turkeys Wat

They haven't always pardoned the turkey - for a long time, it was just an event where the president would make some remarks about the Thanksgiving holiday, and he'd be presented with a donated turkey to have for dinner.
(I got curious about how this started when you brought it up)
"The first President on record issuing a "pardon" to his turkey was Ronald Reagan. […] Reagan was facing questions over the Iran-Contra affair, on whether or not he would consider pardoning Oliver North (who had yet to be tried for his involvement in the affair); Reagan conjured the notion of the turkey pardon as a joke to deflect those questions."
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 9:40:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 11/22/17 - 9:30:02 AM Rik_Khaos wrote:
This me seems no sillier than any holiday or religious tradition.

Also, yeah.
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 9:44:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
Every once in awhile my brain is like wat about bringing a tree into the house and decorating it.
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 1:16:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 11/22/17 - 7:02:13 AM hamletsghost wrote:
Presumably the President still eats turkey on Thanksgiving, regardless of 'pardoning' these turkeys Also, 'pardoning' - as if these turkeys have done something deserving of death


Well maybe, to be consistent, he should get an axe and cut off a turkey's head, and then say "Happy Thanksgiving everyone!"
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 1:42:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I would be down for that one.
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 2:32:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe he should pardon Santa Claus for his socialist views.
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 5:18:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 11/22/17 - 9:44:13 AM NicolesLove wrote:
Every once in awhile my brain is like wat about bringing a tree into the house and decorating it.


Adoption of Pagen midwinter practices.
18 days ago - Wednesday 11/22/17 - 5:29:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 11/22/17 - 9:30:02 AM Rik_Khaos wrote:
This me seems no sillier than any holiday or religious tradition.

Well, yes, but seeing as I don't really do any of that stuff it all seems a bit ridiculous
14 days ago - Sunday 11/26/17 - 3:14:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
The boys say hello!
(And so does Tater, who was pardoned in 2016 by Obama. The new ones don't get along with him yet, so he had to be sequestered.)





14 days ago - Sunday 11/26/17 - 3:17:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
I couldn't believe how calm they were. These two little girls followed them around and petted them the whole time we were there. They really didn't seem to mind much.
13 days ago - Sunday 11/26/17 - 8:50:57 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Wednesday 11/22/17 - 7:02:13 AM hamletsghost wrote:
Presumably the President still eats turkey on Thanksgiving, regardless of 'pardoning' these turkeys Also, 'pardoning' - as if these turkeys have done something deserving of death


They are made of delicious turkey meat that we find delicious. Blame on both sides.



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