Today Donald Trump did what any other president does this time of year: He pardoned a turkey in Thanksgiving tradition.
And thought a typical day in the life of President produces odd Tweets and awkward photo ops, today seemingly went off without a hitch.
It began with a familiar pledge: President Trump’s audience, he promised, was going to be very proud of him.
“Hi, Drumstick,” Mr. Trump called out on Tuesday, preparing to exercise his least controversial executive authority. “Oh, Drumstick, I think, is going to be very happy.”
It ended with characteristic introspection.
“I feel so good about myself,” the president said softly, appraising his own clemency, laying a hand on the bird after seeking permission to touch it from turkey professionals.
Mr. Trump looked upon the crowd in the Rose Garden and announced his decision: The animal was hereby pardoned for the crime of being born a turkey.
The photo proved fine, as well:
It went well.
Most people were hoping for me. Something like..
Just about every year of W’s presidency turned into an awkward photo op. But this from 2001 was the most famous of all.
Historians claim he spared a turkey’s life after his son, Tad, befriended it.
There is some more history to it, as well.
Many people believe the custom was started 70 years ago by Harry Truman, because he was the first president to receive a turkey on behalf of the poultry industry as a whole. Individual farms had been gifting presidents birds since the 19th century.
His government launched a campaign in 1947 to encourage people to forego eating poultry and eggs on Thursdays, in order to conserve supplies to send to post-war Europe. But Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day fell on Thursdays that year causing outrage.
Gobble until you wobble.