Really, pardoning turkeys? Was this contrived to give Presidents some press time on a slow news day? Is this not the stupidest tradition ever?
Let’s think about this from a practical perspective. Those turkeys – two every year – supposedly go live the rest of their natural lives at Mt Vernon, or wherever. Turkeys can live to be 10-12 years old. So, on average, if they don’t actually kill the birds, Americans are paying for 20-24 turkeys to be NOT KILLED. Do you know how much turkeys, particularly full-grown ones, eat? They eat more than chickens, and my chickens eat a LOT. And I’d be willing to bet that the US Government isn’t feeding them on kitchen scraps.
Wouldn’t the whole country be better off if they instead slaughtered the turkeys every year and fed the homeless with them, and with the money we would NOT be spending on their upkeep?
Frankly, I’d like to see a President who can, instead of pardoning some cutesy-named Turkeys, actually participate in their preparation. I wouldn’t require that he don protective garments and actually slaughter them, but pulling the feathers would be acceptable. THAT would make the news.