The Washington Times - November 26, 2008, 12:55PM

The unfortunate Sarah Palin turkey incident last week over, the current and future president each talked about birds today.



President Bush did his annual pardon this morning, and even worked in a pun. From the transcript:



“This is a tradition that dates back to the presidency of Harry Truman.  Just to be safe, I will be pardoning a second bird — (laughter) — in the unlikely event the main act chickens out.  (Laughter.)  Turkeys are not only the ones on edge this morning — you see, it turns out the Rose Garden is Barney’s turf.  (Laughter.)  So the press corps is a little nervous, as well.  (Laughter.)

Pumpkin and Pecan have an exciting trip ahead of them:  Later today, they will fly to Disneyland aboard “Turkey One.”  (Laughter.)  Pumpkin will be the honorary Grand Marshal of Disneyland’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Together these birds will gobble the rest of their days in “The Happiest Place on Earth.”  I just hope they stay humble there.  (Laughter.)

Most of all, I thank the American people for the tremendous privilege of serving as the President.  In recent weeks, I’ve talked a lot about sprinting to the finish.  Yet I’ve assured these turkeys they will not be trotting to their finish.  (Laughter.)  That’s because in keeping with a longstanding tradition, Pumpkin and Pecan are hereby granted a full and unconditional — unconditional presidential pardon.
I wish all Americans a happy Thanksgiving, and may God bless you.  (Applause.)


His successor, President-elect Barack Obama, also talked turkey.


As he ended his press conference (see my story on the high-volume of his pressers) today, he said “Happy Thanksgiving” and then lauded his two new picks for the new administration:

I want you to know that both Paul and Austan have special turkey- cooking recipes, if everybody — if anybody out here needs some advice on how to make the ideal turkey. They — they seem to have a competition back here.


As he left the podium, someone asked Obama his Thanksgiving Day plans. He said he and Michelle are hosting “a whole bunch of people” at their home in Chicago’s Hyde Park.


Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times


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