FUN FRIDAY: Pardon that Turkey

One of the sillier White House traditions involves pardoning a turkey on Thanksgiving. As we get closer to the day itself, it should be interesting to see how this tradition is reinterpreted for a new administration.

The White House itself gives a brief history
 of turkey pardons starting with President Lincoln’s possibly made-up first pardon. Things really swing into full speed, though, with President George HW Bush, who used the word “pardon” for the first time in the media. Before then it was always an unofficial thing.

I think that regardless of your party affiliation, you’ll be looking at this President with great interest in the next few days, to see how the turkey pardon goes. I know I will.

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Stuart Sweet
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