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Turkey, you're doing a heckuva job!

It's Thanksgiving, which means it's time for the annual presidential turkey pardoning:

You know, when President Clinton was in office, a turkey had to donate $5,000 to his presidential library to get a pardon.

P.S. The Washington Post has an article on the history of the turkey-pardoning tradition, which apparently doesn't go back nearly as far as is annually reported. (Hint: 1989, not 1947. Bush, not Truman.)

UPDATE: Welcome, InstaPundit readers! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.


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I thought he pardoned Scooter Libby a few months ago.

I understand that Bush plans to name the turkey head of FEMA tomorrow.

Bush actually had three turkeys to pardon, but one got caught in Sandy Berger's socks.

Hillary! went to lunch with her campaign staff. The waiter welcomed her, and went through the menu.

Hillary!; I will have the Beef Special.

Waiter: Very good. And for your vegetables?

Hillary!: (Glance at her staff...) They will have the Beef Special too.

Don Meaker, that anecdote is actually/apocryphally about Margaret Thatcher. However, if the shoe fits...

Meanwhile, one might wonder if HRC left a tip this time.

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