Though America will no longer have to suffer through a Barack Obama presidency, President Trump isn’t ready to let the divider-in-chief off the hook just yet. At the annual White House turkey pardoning, 45 took direct aim at 44.
From America News Hub:
Every year, the president “pardons” a couple turkeys and they get to spend the rest of their days hanging out on a farm rather than being eaten for dinner. It’s a corny tradition but it’s a fun one.
More, via Daily Caller:
But Trump could not help himself when discussing the pardoning of his predecessor, Barack Obama. The turkeys Trump will pardon today will go live with the two former turkeys Obama pardoned last year. While announcing this, Trump slipped in a shot at Obama, saying with a big smile that he has been “active in overturning” his legacy, and that the White House Counsel had to intervene in Trump’s decision to “revoke” the Obama pardons.
President Trump pardons Drumstick the turkey — but not before alluding to some "fowl play" involving President Obama's last pardoned turkeys pic.twitter.com/ykSTxcRqpT
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 21, 2017
More on the turkey pardoning tradition, per Town & Country:
THE TRADITION CAN BE TRACED ALL THE WAY BACK TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
In 1863 ” a live turkey had been brought home for the Christmas dinner, but [Lincoln’s son Tad] interceded in behalf of its life,” a White House reporter noted in an 1865 dispatch recorded by the White House Historical Association. Tad’s “plea was admitted and the turkey’s life spared.”
After 1981 it became the norm for presidents to send the presentation turkey to a farm, the White House Historical Association reports. Reagan’s successor, George H.W. Bush, was the first president to officially grant the turkeys a pardon: “Let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone’s dinner table, not this guy,” Bush said in 1989. “He’s granted a presidential pardon as of right now—and allow him to live out his days on a children’s farm not far from here.”
Trump for the win? No doubt.