President George Bush pardons record 3 turkeys in 2007
Adhering to a tradition now entering its 60th year, President Bush on Tuesday delivered a full presidential pardon to the national Thanksgiving turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House.
He also announced the names of the bird and its alternate, which were chosen by people who voted online. They will officially be called May and Flower, the president said.
“That’s certainly better than the names the vice president suggested: Lunch and Dinner,” Bush joked.
This marks the second and third pardons by President Bush this year. It’s the first time in the history of the country a U.S. President has pardoned 3 turkeys in the same calendar year. As you probably recall, Bush pardoned Lewis Scooter Libby on 2 July of this year, not long after a jury of U.S. citizens convicted him of lying in the presidential CIA leak scandal.
On a more serious note, the president reminded Americans they have much to be thankful for this holiday season.
- They have to be thankful that they’re not like military personnel and overpaid mercenary contractors who are spending the holiday in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- They have to be thankful that billions and billions of US debt is being racked up for future generations rather than being fiscally responsible and paying for this war now by making all taxpayers pay their fair share and fund his war through increased taxes. After all, we all need to sacrifice and support the troops, don’t we?
- They have to be thankful that the President chose to recycle and redeploy military personnel 2, 3, 4, or more tours rather than asking all U.S. citizens to sacrifice and support the war effort by instituting a draft.
The President went on to say, “May they live the rest of their lives in blissful gobbling and may all Americans enjoy a holiday filled with love and peace,”.
I guess this love and peace comment does not apply to the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens who have either been displaced, injured, or killed in the course of our “liberation” of their country from Saddam Husein. Oh that’s right, those people, those Iraqis, they live over there and we really don’t care about the suffering that has been brought upon them as we try to force democracy upon a people that doesn’t want it.
Happy Thanksgiving Everybody