The Thanksgiving pardon

President Obama does the annual turkey pardon. Popcorn and Carmel live to see another day. The jokes aren’t too bad either.


Planning to deep fry a turkey this Thanksgiving?

Don’t do it!

Turkey frying is trendy … and deadly.

Stick with broiling. Or take out!

Turkey shoot

Just for the record.

Politicians should never pardon turkeys, because the resulting photo allows smart asses like me to write captions that say:

President Obama and turkey, left, pose for a Thanksgiving photo.


Some Thanksgiving advice to Obama

Now, no one in the White House will ever care what I say, and they’ll never look to me for stage management, but having worked in politics and in journalism, I’m pretty sure of this.

When you’re making an announcement that you’re pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, you should never have two people you care about in the same shot with you during your media event.

Simply because, some news outlet or blogger, either out of ignorance or spite, is going to take a photo from the event of you with the two people and use the headline:

Obama pardons two turkeys for Thanksgiving.

I present exhibit A (and this is from a site that would support Obama over every Republican running).

Of course, nothing will ever match the Sarah Palin at the turkey pardon of 2008: