Please, End the White House Turkey Pardon
It's reached new levels of absurdity: Peter Grier
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2012 1:54 PM CST
President Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, pardons Liberty the turkey last year.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – OK, this presidential turkey pardon thing is getting ridiculous: This year, the tradition involves two birds, a contest, and Facebook profiles including details about the fowl (like a love of Carly Simon one of the turkeys supposedly has). "This isn’t a lighter moment in a president’s otherwise heavy schedule, it’s an over-produced reality show," writes Peter Grier in the Christian Science Monitor, where he wonders whether the whole thing has "jumped the shark."

"The ceremony has become more and more Hollywood," writes Grier, who also wonders which "overachieving White House official" was tasked with the oh-so-important duty of coming up with Facebook profiles for the birds. "It seems to us they’re being ironic about the whole ceremony instead of straightforward," he writes. "If it’s not worth doing it without a subtext, maybe it’s not worth doing at all." (Oh, and don't worry: Both birds will be pardoned.) Click for Grier's full column.

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Dorian Mode
Nov 22, 2012 6:56 AM CST
C'mon man both of those turkeys were guilty, they were sentenced in a court of fowl law, and given a sentence. Yep, one on those bird were sentenced to FRY.
Nov 21, 2012 8:30 PM CST
Give me a break. The office is entitled to lighthearted Hollywood moments. Democrat or Republican, the turkey pardon and even the Easter egg hunt are just a moment to let go from the daily grind of being president.
Nov 21, 2012 6:27 PM CST
"President George H. W. Bush was the first to use the actual word “pardon." He sent his turkey to live out its days at Frying Pan Park in Herndon, Va." ---- Yeah, "Frying Pan Park" sounds like it is right next to "my roasting pan". I think we need a Congressional investigation as to which grease Bush used in this "park" when cooking that turkey.