This year, while seeing pictures of President Obama and his daughters pardoning a turkey (and an alternate turkey, whatever that signifies), I learned something new–the pardoned turkeys live out their lives peacefully on George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon. Who knew it was a turkey sanctuary?
But this year, just like every other year since 2008 and every future year until the end of my life , I will never think of Thanksgiving in the same way again. That’s because 2008 was the year then-Governor Sarah Palin pardoned a turkey at a turkey farm in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.
You just wanted to say to her, See, Sarah…this is why you need handlers when you’re in politics. Anyone who cared about your future would never have let this happen.
Sarah first reads a proclamation pardoning the turkeys from inside the coop, with a lot of bustling turkeys milling around, then takes questions outside from the media. While expressing gratitude and praise for this great country and its people, there is a guy standing behind her feeding turkeys head first into a machine that reminds me of the wood chipper in the movie Fargo. However, I suspect it was less like a wood chipper and more like a guillotine; in any case, its purpose is to cut the heads off the turkeys. And I suspect that the red things all over the table under the machines were turkey heads.
Anyway, it being Sarah Palin, the irony was just too rich. The term “fox in the henhouse” comes to mind.