Obama pardons two turkeys
Thu, 22 Nov 2012 9:20a.m.
By Matthew Daly
United States President Barack Obama has pardoned two turkeys in an annual Thanksgiving rite, saying he wanted to offer the birds a second chance.
"They say life is full of second chances, and this November I couldn't agree more with that sentiment," a smiling Obama said in one of several light-hearted references to his re-election this month to a second term.
Cobbler, the newly designated national turkey, and his alternate, Gobbler, received a reprieve.
"The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward!" Obama said in a reference to his campaign slogan of "Forward."
Obama noted that Cobbler and Gobbler were selected by the American people, who cast their votes for the national Thanksgiving turkey on the White House Facebook page.
"Once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it," Obama said, referring to the New York Times blogger who correctly predicted the president's decisive victory in the Electoral College.
Accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia, Obama waved his hand over Cobbler in a vaguely religious "dispensation," then laughed as the bird gobbled loudly. Obama and Sasha petted the turkey. Malia did not.
"Congratulations Cobbler. You're going to have a great life," Obama said.
The 19-week-old, 40-pound turkeys are from Rockingham County, Virginia. They will live at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, along with last year's birds, Liberty and Peace.
Thanks to the American people, "the only Cobbler that will be on the plates" of a Thanksgiving dinner is a pie, Obama said.
On a more serious note, Obama asked Americans to remember those in the Northeast who lost their homes, possessions and loved ones to Hurricane Sandy. Obama, who toured New York and New Jersey after the storm, said he has seen much destruction "but I have yet to find a broke spirit."
The tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey at the White House started with President John F Kennedy in 1963.
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25/11/2012 11:22:26 a.m.
Is this a lifelong pardon? Where are they sent to after the pardon?.. a sanctuary for pardoned turkeys or do they end up on some other families Thanks Giving plate next year around?
24/11/2012 3:48:53 a.m.
Mr. President Obama, Please give my brother a pardon from jail. he is serving more time for drugs then a murderer. thank you.
23/11/2012 12:45:53 a.m.
@Jordan - no thanks. Meat is delicious. And veganism is a delusory philosophy.
22/11/2012 6:58:53 p.m.
Jordan Wyatt wrote:
Why "pardon" these birds for being born birds? They've done no wrong, its not like letting a murderer off death row and putting him or her into a mere life sentance! :-)
As someone who looks after Chickens, go Vegan :-) Its good for you, for the environment, and for the animals of course :-)
INVERCARGILL VEGAN SOCIETY
"all animals are equal"
22/11/2012 12:14:30 p.m.
My grandfather was the only person that owned the same white ducky bird in our nick of the woods as I was growing up and I'm not sure what happened to the bird, it must had flown over the cookish nest via Virginia my nickname and landed in the white house specially for Obama the President of America and his family on thanksgiving day. I guessed the big bird stands for Peace and Liberty started with President John F Kennedy in 1963 and that is what's happening today for Obama to carry those good words of wisdom forward to successful and peace to all human beings in this world of ours.
Congratulation big bird for bringing us together, bless you Obama, we are forever proud.
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