Wednesday, November 23, 2011

President Obama Grants Thanksgiving Pardon To Liberty And Peace...

Another Executive Action that doesn't require Congressional approval...
During a windy ceremony under the North Portico this morning, a smiling and jocular President Obama pardoned Liberty, the 2011 National Thanksgiving Turkey. Daughters Malia and Sasha joined their father to watch the brief exercise of Executive Power. Richard Huisinga, National Turkey Federation chairman presented the lucky 45-lb, 19-week-old tom to President Obama.

"Tomorrow is one of the best days of the year to be an American...but it's also one of the worst days of the year to be a turkey," President Obama said.

"They don't have it so good," he added, and riffed on his "we can't wait" push to take action without waiting for Congress.

"Some of you may know that recently I’ve been taking a series of executive actions that don’t require Congressional approval," President Obama ,said to laughter. "Well, here’s another one. We can’t wait to pardon these turkeys. Literally."

"Otherwise they’d end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing."

Liberty's alternate, Peace, was also granted a pardon. Read more about the turkeys here.

*The transcript of the President's remarks.

*Top photo by Chuck Kennedy/White House

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