If I was a turkey - the poultry type - Thanksgiving would be my worst nightmare. Knowing that the axe could fall both literally and figuratively would keep me up the night before the arrival of the very popular holiday. Popular for humans but not for turkeys - the poultry kind.
However, two turkeys are no longer fearful since they have had a stay of execution by the President of the United States, no less. Present Barack Obama has pardoned 45-pound turkey, Apple and her/his pal, Cider -put them together and you'll get apple cider - cute. The saving of two, which are better than none, turkeys is part of an annual ritual it appears. So is the eating of drum sticks and other turkey parts, but I digress. In saving their lives, President Obama said, “today, I have the awesome responsibility of granting a presidential pardon to a pair of turkeys.”
He went on to comment that it was an official duty that he is sworn to uphold as the leader of the most powerful nation on earth.
How were the pair selected you're probably wondering as I was. The poultry two-some won the right to live by strutting (or at least moving) to music before a panel of judges at a California ranch. This leads one to ponder - too much time on my hands - what the criteria was in judging which two were spared. Sense of rhythm...moving to the music...head bobbing...feet scratching... Go know! The pair will now join others living out their lives - that in itself is the best reward - on the grounds of Mount Vernon, the Virginia estate of President George Washington.