The presidential pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey has become an annual tradition, granted not one that many people care about, but still, it’s a lighthearted way to kickoff the holiday break.
Former President Barack Obama had used the opportunity to tell bad “dad jokes” and embarrass his teen daughters. His jokes were so terrible people couldn’t help but laugh.
“I want to take a moment to recognize the brave turkeys who weren’t so lucky. Who didn’t get to ride the gravy train to freedom. Who met their fate with courage and sacrifice and proved that they weren’t chicken.”
“What I haven’t told them yet is we are going to do this every year from now on. No cameras, just us, every year. No way I’m cutting this habit cold turkey.
“When somebody at your table tells you that you’ve been hogging all of the side dishes, you can’t have any more, I hope that you respond with a creed that sums up the spirit of a hungry people: ‘Yes, we cran.'”
This year is was Donald Trump’s turn to step up to the mic and give the American people his take on the turkey pardon tradition.
And it went about as well as you might have thought:
“As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor. However, I have been informed by the White House counsel’s office that Tater and Tot’s pardons cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked.”
People are beginning to wonder if Trump’s obsession with Obama has reached the scary place.
Donald Trump Can’t Even Pardon a Damn Turkey Without Mentioning Barack Obama | Via GQ https://t.co/W26HHxNBuj
— SafetyPin-Daily (@SafetyPinDaily) November 21, 2017
The Turkey Pardon: trump made it halfway through a fairly decent speech on this holiday tradition until…
Humor fail: mentioned overturning a number of actions by Obama; told by WH counsel that BO's pardon cannot be revoked.
Score: 2 turkeys pardoned, 1 turkey still in office
— Denise Adams (@elevenstars) November 21, 2017
Oh just Trump making a fun joke about how he loves overturning Obama executive orders but not the turkey pardons, ha ha ha, it's funny because our air and water and DREAMers are in danger but the turkeys are safe.
— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) November 21, 2017
Laurence Tribe, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard Law School, suggested there might be deeper meaning in the comment about pardons.
Trump just made a point of saying that, according to Trump’s WH counsel, Obama’s pardons of turkeys 🦃 🦃 during his term cannot be revoked. A none-too-subtle hint to Robert Mueller and all who might cooperate with his inquiry into Trump’s Russia or Turkey-related offenses!
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 21, 2017
After the ceremony an unknown voice shouted to Trump the words we were all thinking:
“Are you going to pardon any people?”
Trump did not respond as he, Melania, and their son Barron went back into the White House.
You can watch the turkey pardon in full below.