- - Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WHITE HOUSE

Obama spares holiday turkeys

President Obama performed an annual rite of presidents on Wednesday, pardoning a pair of turkeys on Thanksgiving Eve and cracking jokes about the competition that brought them to his famous doorstep.

“For the record, let me say that it feels pretty good to stop at least one shellacking this November,” Obama said in the White House Rose Garden, where he was flanked by daughters Malia and Sasha. A “shellacking” is how Mr. Obama described the beating Democrats suffered in elections earlier this month; the party lost control of the House and saw its Senate majority trimmed by six seats.

Apple and Cider, two 21-week-old, 45-pound turkeys raised on a farm outside Modesto, Calif., were plucked from a group of 25 birds during a competition “that involved strutting their stuff before a panel of judges, with an eclectic mix of music playing in the background,” Mr. Obama said.

He called it a “turkey version” of “Dancing With the Stars,” the program that crowned its newest winner Tuesday night.

“Except the stakes for the contestants was much higher,” Mr. Obama said, laughing. “Only one pair would survive and win the big prize. Life.”

MEMOIR

Bush book sales top 1.1 million

George W. Bush has joined Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in an exclusive club: presidential authors who have sold at least 1 million copies of their books.

The Crown Publishing Group announced Wednesday that Mr. Bush’s memoir, “Decision Points,” has sold more than 1.1 million copies. It was released Nov. 9.

More than 135,000 copies were sold as e-books.

Mr. Clinton’s “My Life” and two Obama books, “The Audacity of Hope” and “Dreams from My Father,” have also sold at least 1 million copies.

All three presidents were published by divisions of Random House Inc.

ALASKA

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