Obama spares two turkeys, continuing White House tradition
November 23rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Obama spares two turkeys, continuing White House tradition

(CNN) – Two turkeys from Willmar, Minnesota are counting their blessings this day before Thanksgiving, officially pardoned by President Obama and set to be transported to classy digs at Mount Vernon.

For two turkeys, the day before at least 45 million of their comrades are to be consumed at dinner tables across the country, it’s the equivalent of winning the jackpot.

“Tomorrow is one of the best days of the year to be an American. It is a day to count our blessings, spend time with the ones we love, and enjoy some good food in great company. But it’s also one of the worst days to be a turkey. They don’t have it so good,” Obama said at a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House.

Named Liberty and Peace, the turkeys clock in at 45 pounds each and are 19-weeks old, according to the White House. They were chosen from over 100 submissions for the top honor.

I’ve been taking a series of executive actions that don’t require congressional approval. Well here’s another one. We can’t wait to pardon these turkeys, literally,” the president joked. “Otherwise they’d end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing.”

Obama added the turkeys even received special preparations for their big day in the spotlight.

“They received the most important part of their media training which was learning how to gobble without really saying anything,” he said to laughter.

After the pardoning, the turkeys are in store for a life of luxury and leisure at the Mount Vernon estate. There, they will be on display during the holidays and then live in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s livestock facility.

Liberty and Peace can thank Minneapolis and St. Paul school children for their bout of good fortune. Their submission came from students there who studied agriculture and its effect on local economies.

While the tradition of the president receiving a national Thanksgiving turkey began with Harry Truman in 1947, the first official presidential turkey pardon was given in 1989 by George H.W. Bush.


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  1. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is turkey enough for all of us.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • KatR

      Your comment is full of hate and, as such, belongs in the stuffing that's crammed into the back end of the turkey.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:08 am |
      • Tal

        whatever. he just doesnt like obama as president and thats how a lot of the country feels. hate is a much stronger word and you shouldn't dilute it by using it where it doesnt make sense. I dont like obama either. Remember how people drew Bush as a monkey? was that hate? get over it!

        November 23, 2011 at 11:21 am |
      • Howard

        barack ovomit is a self-serving, corrupt, con man ...
        the mainstream media are his stooges, and shills ...
        and, the American people are his marks !!!
        Save America ... kick this un-American, lying scoundrel out of office !!!

        November 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
      • Observer

        Howard,

        Chill out and please tell us all about the ethics and morals of Newt Gingrich.

        November 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
      • WhereIsPalin

        Howard............get back to your bunker.

        November 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
      • robert

        if thier were ever any crooks in the white house , howard .......it was deffinetly bush and chaney

        November 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • Handofdoom

        Not so the back end of the turkey , is where Obama came from !

        November 23, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
      • DW

        Observer please tells about the morals and ethics of any of them? Democrats or Republicans either one! They are all bought and owned by the time they are elected, look at how much it costs to run and tell us all any different!

        November 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
      • wastelandpast

        That's how O likes it, in the rear. Bwhahahahahahahahaha

        November 23, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
      • Barack Obamao

        ..and, Obama still sucks.

        November 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnf90-5trr8&w=420&h=315]

        November 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
      • Taran

        God I love how Obama hasn't done shit other than apply a stimulus started by Bush and approved by every legitimate economist, and kill a bunch of high-profile terrorists. And you still hate him.
        Get a grip. Stop hating people for what you fear they will do, rather than what they've done.

        November 24, 2011 at 3:06 am |
      • InsiteFX

        He should have given them to a needy family that will have no thanks giving!

        November 24, 2011 at 4:25 am |
      • john

        If it wasn't for the feathers, I could not tell which one was the turkey!

        November 24, 2011 at 8:51 am |
      • voiceofreason

        From now thru November 2012 this should be required weekly, or at least monthly, reading � BY ALL WHO VOTE!!!

        "Did you notice WHO Obama threatened when he wasn't getting his way on raising the debt ceiling?

        He threatened to not pay: Social Security Retirees, Military Retirees, Social Security disability and Federal Retirees.

        He did not threaten to stop payments & benefits to illegal aliens.

        He did not threaten to not pay foreign aid.

        He did not threaten to take frivolous benefits such as Internet access away from violent inmates.

        He did not offer to fire some of the thousands of unnecessary federal employees that he hired.

        He did not offer to cut down on his or his wife's frivolous gallivanting around.

        He did not threaten to not pay the senators and representatives or any of their staff.

        He did not threaten to take benefits away from welfare recipients.

        He did not threaten the food stamp programs.

        He did not threaten to cut back on anything that involves his base voters.

        The list could go on and on.

        He is in full political re-election mode!

        Why are we allowing this person to destroy this wonderful country with his selfishness and his lies? His type of change is killing our country. He needs to be stopped and only our votes can stop him.

        "Do not forget about his tactics when it's election time. Vote Obama out of the Presidency in 2012".

        I BET YOU COULD SEND THIS ON TO MANY OTHERS

        2012 – THE END OF AN ERROR

        November 24, 2011 at 9:20 am |
      • O-leaveUS

        He's right! and I hate the guy too, He ruined this country, It's 10 times worst than when Bush was in, not that i think Bush was any good. But this guy is the pits/ He WILL be voted OUT!

        November 24, 2011 at 11:24 am |
      • tommysb5

        2 Turkey's .. OOOOhhh REAL Turkeys. I thought he was talking about Biden & Holder. My mistake....

        November 24, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
      • nobama2012

        haha.. his comment was full of hate...how about your mouth is full of fecal material.

        November 24, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • nobama2012

        seems like Robert needs a spelling lesson. Robert, come back when you learned how to read and write...LMFAO

        November 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
    • Sunny

      Rick the Dickhead of USA, you are the reason why this country is full of idiots.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:19 am |
      • Michelle

        I'm not a part of a redneck agenda.
        Now everybody do the propaganda.
        And sing along to the age of paranoia.

        November 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Rudy NYC

      Conservative egos took a crushing blow when Obama won, and won big with a 2:1 margin in electoral votes.

      Conservatives need to stop blaming Obama for the bad economy, and man up to the fact that they are mostly to blame. Obama was handed the car keys and it ran out of gas before he could reach the gas station. And, so conservtives like to fault Obama for being behind the wheel when the car ran out of gas. It was running on fumes when he got started the engine. He borrowed a gas can, got it running again, only to find conservatives chopping down trees on every road leading to a gas station.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:11 am |
      • Tal

        yeah, sorry, this is way too simplistic an understanding of "who is to blame". both parties are to blame. a partisan such as yourself is exactly the problem. instead of uncovering the root causes, they are content to blame the other side. the partisans will bang there heads against each other from their political extremes until the country is on its knees. notice how the number of independent voters have been rising.

        November 23, 2011 at 11:25 am |
      • Howard

        obama had THREE YEARS ... all of which, with a mainstream media, who rubber stamped and defended every dumb policy he instituted ... and, most of which, with a democratic congress, senate, and white house ... and, it is OBAMA who is responsible for all the problems Americans are facing today. It's stupid, blindly devoted fools, like you, who keep putting misplaced loyalty ahead of TRUTH ... and, then make it worse, by trying to keep the lie alive.
        barack ovomit is a self-serving, corrupt, con man ...
        the mainstream media are his stooges, and shills ...
        and, the American people are his marks !!!
        Save America ... kick this un-American, lying scoundrel out of office !!!

        November 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • crazyvermont

        lol....ea, and please tell me how much money obama spent on way to gas station which he should have been saving for gas for the car.

        November 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
      • RB

        Typical lies from the far, far left.

        November 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
      • Independent

        You know inherited a recession form Clinton he just didn't whine about for 3 years so you probably forgot

        November 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • Joseph

        Howard,
        You don't sound like American to me, you must be Osama Bin Ladin's cousin. Defenitly.....

        November 23, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • Vic

        Can't save money if there wasn't any to being with? The debit card was in Bush's hands & paying for Tax cuts that where not paid for? plus 2 wars. DA.

        November 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • tampamurray

        Huh?

        November 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
      • wastelandpast

        Yeah, then the stupid ape sold the car to buy gas. Bwhahahahahahahahaahaha

        November 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
      • Rudytheidiot

        Liberals took a beating when they suffered the biggest loses in the House and Senate in 70 years in 2010, didn't they Rudy?

        November 23, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
      • pasinez

        It's the first year and Obamacare to be paid for. The economy is accepted as his style of leadership.

        November 23, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
      • Andy

        What does this have to do with the article?

        November 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
      • John

        Democratc ruining America since 2007 ! Biggest deficit since 1945 in 2009, 2010 and 2011. No one else to BLAME. President Bush got America out of the recession of 9/11 and Obama is spending 1 TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR MORE. No 9/11 war or Iraq Coalition war to BLAME on. Pelosi took over in 2007 and said "America should pay more for gas." and the downward trend started. Liberal regulations on businesses caused America to fall lower. No one else to BLAME. Democrats ruining America since 2007.

        November 24, 2011 at 10:10 am |
      • O-leaveUS

        Yeas well a smart nam would had checked the gas tank 1st, He';s too stupid to know where that is.

        November 24, 2011 at 11:25 am |
      • Karen

        John said: "Obama is spending 1 TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR MORE. No 9/11 war or Iraq Coalition war to BLAME on."
        He just had those 2 pesky unfunded wars has to try to wind down (and unlike Bush, they are now counted in the budget as an expense) during the worst financial crisis in almost a hundred years – and of course all of that already in FULLY in place when he took office!

        BUT to give you credit, – you are VEREY CORRECT, there hasn't been any terror attacks on his watch! Thanks for pointing that out :)

        November 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
      • Boes73

        You gotta love it when an ignorant person like Howard calls other people ignorant.

        November 24, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • padre11

      And your full of turkey s**t

      November 23, 2011 at 11:09 am |
      • nobama2012

        Vic, are you retarded?

        November 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Haas

      LOL good one.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • Moe

      How many spelling mistakes can one paragraph have???

      “Tomorrow is one of the best days of the year to be an American. It is a day to count are blessings, spend time with the ones we love, and enjoy some good food in great company. But it’s also one of the worst days to be a turkey. They don’t have it so good,” Obama said at a ceremony on the North Portico of the Whit House

      November 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Handofdoom

      that is right

      November 23, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • Paulie

      I plan on giving Obama the bird next November.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
      • wastelandpast

        two of em. Bwhahahahaha

        November 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
    • TurkeyLovers

      In return for the two turkeys pardoned by the president, Newt will pardon all 11 million illegal turkeys when he is made President next year.

      November 23, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        I don't think Neuter is going to be president next year.

        November 26, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • swatguy

      I thought the headline referred to Pelosi and Reid....

      November 23, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnf90-5trr8&w=640&h=390]

      November 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • twang

      im not GOP but i think RON PAUL COULD BEAT OMONKA

      November 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • jose t

      This is my first time posting,but I try to read the comments.With some of the comments,I just wonder if some of you were dropped on their heads when you were babies.What the POTUS has done is just something symbolic.What harm is he doing by doing that?He spoke about being thankful for your blessings and a good day for being american.I mean,poeple,specially republicans,just look for anything to put the blame on the President."I can't take a crap today".Let's blame Obama."Damn it,I forgot my wallet on the car".Well,let's blame Obama."I want to crack one up but it won't come out".That's Obama's fault.He got OSB,saved us from an economic meltdown and let's not get into his jobs bill proposals that time after time are being turn down by republicans.I mean,they hate the POTUS so bad,that republicans are willing to do anything,even sell their souls to the Devil.Well,Limbaugh probably did it.

      Then, repubs say that the polls are bad news for the potus.On the contrary people.If he's winning the majority of them and he is not in full campaign mode,wait until he starts campaigning and debating,which we all know the repubs can't beat him on a debate.He's the potus.Have some respect.Happy Thanksgiving America!!!

      November 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • james scott

      "count are blessings"? "Whit House"? Who proof-reads this stuff?

      November 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
    • Che-3

      Rick McDaniel, your disdain hate and racist is self evident. Looks like the Devil Lucifer Satan's blood runs through your whole family at birth. How terrible to be the son of Satan by birth by your satanic toothless trailer park mother. You have no soul ........................ period! Eat your satanic heart out. There's NOTHING you can do about it.

      Does the saying in the Bible which clearly states: "By their DEEDS yee shall know them". Ring a bell?

      November 23, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • gabc

      Who cares???

      November 24, 2011 at 4:46 am |
    • billybob1912@att.com

      Rick McDaniel- That's what the left wing hating liberal Democrats said about Bush. Don't lower yourself to the OWS level.

      November 24, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • Howard

      obama showed the occupiers that you don't have to achieve anything to get ahead .. you could just show up to vote present 127 times, and still get the Nobel Prize ... what a great example ... Now, the least productive members of our society are DEMANDING a redistribution of other people's hard earned income.

      November 24, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Jelo Pawsa

      I thought that Obama is against social inequality. How about the other turkeys?

      November 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
    • Newt Gingrich

      Love it Rick! And he doesn't smell very well either. Trust me, I've smelled his breath first hand! Vote for me!!!!

      November 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Jim

      Bold move, Pres.
      Now, stop the meaningless wars and take care of this country – before it's too late.

      November 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Robinhood

      All of us are Turkeys. ITS WE THE PEOPLE, not WE THE GOVERNMENT! If he was a real leader he, and congress, would take a rain check on their thanksgiving and work out a plan to get us back on the right track! This is complete bullshit, what we are going through and we have the media perpetuating BS as well. This is a sad America. The citizen's need to stand up to this, the president needs to reach deep down and find a piece of manhood and be a LEADER... democrat, republican, white, black or blue. He is the president end of story, no excuses for which party he represents !!! He is sparing two turkeys while millions are suffering. I am not democrat, I am not republican I am an AMERICAN...WHAT!?!!!

      November 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
    • sdf

      its monkey not turkey

      November 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Igle

      A reply to the haters of President Obama
      1. Try reading the constitution
      2. Did your elected official violate his oath of office by signing a pledge of “NO Taxes?”
      3. Who controls your thinking?
      4. You are the beneficiary of racism, get some help, it might help
      5. Greed and special interest is where your remarks are needed
      6. Your negative remarks are directed toward the office of the president, not President Obama!
      7. If racism is where you live mentally, try getting proof for what you believe, you might be surprised.
      8. Pass your hatred to the 535 people in congress and the senate and tell them to do what they were elected to do, maybe then your hatred would be better served.
      9. Be thankful that you can express your feeling, next time try being an adult.
      10. I believe in my heart that you mean well, losing sight of the facts can make people seem stupid.

      November 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Eat Crow and Choke On It

      Hey eat some crow and choke on it. Obaman needs to fire the Turkey in both Congresses as they are the bottleneck problems which need to be resolved...

      November 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Eat Crow and Choke On It

      Hey eat some c r o w and choke on it. Obaman needs to f i r e the Turkey in both Congresses as they are the bottleneck problems which need to be resolved...

      November 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
    • troll_buster

      This guy made a turkey statement himself

      November 25, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  2. David TX

    Obama2012!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:44 am |
    • Handofdoom

      you are thinking like a Anti-American

      November 23, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
      • Che-3

        Handofdoom; you're thinking like EVIL Al-Qaeda which the World at large despise and scorn. A real evil troll I might add.

        November 23, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
    • wastelandpast

      No bama right now. Bwhahahahahahaah

      November 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
      • Che-3

        Are you still in first grade?
        You've a brain and IQ of that of trailer park toothless midget. You feel me? Trailer park toothless troll.

        November 23, 2011 at 11:45 pm |
    • Notfooled

      The vast majority are with you and that's why they HATE.

      November 24, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  3. David TX

    Obama is one of the most thoughtful, caring and decent presidents that AMERICA has ever had!!!!

    4 more year for OBAMA!!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:57 am |
    • Henry Miller

      Yeah, he's constantly thinking about his own re-election and cares immeasurably about keeping the pay-offs coming for his union buddies. What he appears to be incapable of is thinking about the economic disaster his policies are inflicting on the country, the implications of furthering a society where some are forced to work on behalf of others who refuse to pull their own economic weight, and the likely result of imposing a government on a population half of whose constituents bitterly resent the imposition. And he doesn't seem to care in the slightest that he's ruining the American economy, is seriously threatening the continued existence of America, and is destroying the cohesiveness of the American people.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:22 am |
    • Tal

      that might be true, but he is lacking in the ability to deliver results... for whatever reason. time to move on.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Joi Gibson

      AMEN!!!!!! Nothing else needs to be added to your sentiment.

      I hope everyone has a safe, happy, and fulfilling Thanksgiving. Go Dolphins!

      OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!!

      November 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm |
      • The truth

        They can hate and lie on the prez all they want, we all know the truth about who started this mess(Bush/Cheney). Remember you can have your own opinions, but not your own facts.

        4 more years! 4 more years!

        November 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
      • wastelandpast

        Yeah there's one thing that needs to be added to it, you're as dumb as a box of rocks, retard and I hope O takes your phucking turkey too. Bwhahahahahahaahahaha

        November 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • Mott the Hoople

      America needs leadership. Caring, thoughfulness and decency are meaningless unless they are translated to leadership.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • jkenney

      I'm sure the folks in Gitmo agree with you.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Not a chance

      Gag!

      November 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Angy

      AMEN!

      November 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • jagnut

      You have to be kiddin us!

      November 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Paulie

      South America maybe.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Vic

      I am with u David. Happy Thanksgiving. Let those haters get a life.

      November 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • girlfriend

      You're right. Obama is thoughtful, decent, etc. etc. But so was Jimmy Carter, and Jimmy was close to if not the worst president we ever had. Obama will be the worst or second runner up, but he can still be decent, caring, yadda yadda.

      Time to get your head out of your *ss. Voting for this clown in 2008 was cool because it was fashionable. Everyone wanted to be in the "in crowd" of those who voted for the first black president. Great. Been there. Done that. Vote for anything besides the current fashion next time.

      Democrats are the dependent party. They want everyone to be dependent on the government, in one way or the other.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
      • jean2009

        Ronald Reagan is the worst president of my 76 years....George W. Shrub a close second ...Bush is currently ranked far worse than Carter on the Siena College Poll...Bush ranks 39th of the 43. The bottom 5 are: (A Johnson; Buchanan;Harding; Pierce and G. W.Bush).
        Obama-Biden 2012

        November 26, 2011 at 10:31 am |
    • tampamurray

      Sounds like you drank the kool-aid. As Hillary said, "he's the guy who gave a good speech." Reading a teleprompter is about all he can do. Obama doesn't exist ... he's a puppet for some higher power that American's haven't yet begun to understand. Guess all will be revealed in due time. By then though, it'll be too late for all of us.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
      • MarineVet

        tampamurray. Put the bong down, and step away from it.

        November 23, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
      • Che-3

        wastelandpast; learn to write modern English and "GRAMMAR". Your primitive intellect is self evident. Go back to elementary school. This is what Pres. Obama has been talking about. You're a disgrace to America's Education. You must be having a bath in a pig filth pond with bunch of impotent pigs.

        November 23, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        Eisenhower was the first president to use a teleprompter. Some are good at it, and others not so good. Reagan relied heavily on the teleprompter and was good at using it. George W. Bush was not good at all at using one....there were words he didn't understand, he would lose his place, and had that deer in the headlights look. Actually it takes focus and concentration to be able to read smoothly from a teleprompter.

        You may want to read the article at cbsnews-The Truth About Presidents and Teleprompters-March 6, 2009 by Mark Knoller.

        November 26, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • wastelandpast

      wake up and go back to sleep your having a nightmare, Bwhahahahahaha

      November 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
    • Barack Obamao

      I wants my Obama money.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
      • Che-3

        Here you go again with your backward Bad English skills in full display. You missed that Yellow School Bus in your trailer park pig farm home.

        A typical dumb American with primitive backward education. You can't even write Basic English. What a shame and waste of bandwidth. Maybe Pres. Obama should ask Sasha to tutor you. Leave your white pillow over your head at home and get on that Yellow Bus for school kids. Seek some education and and for the sake of American’s future; go BACK to school. Even a 2-yr. old in Kabul can write better English than ya!

        November 24, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • swatguy

      David and Joi, only one sillypost per household please.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • Andy

      thanks for the laugh.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
  4. Henry Miller

    The biggest turkey involved, however, is Obama himself.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Ian N.

      So, Obama's a Turkey...does that mean the 8 candidates that oppose him are monkeys? And if so, they have been in a room together for a long time, i.e. the debates, and I'm still waiting for Shakespeare, but that might just be wishful thinking...

      November 23, 2011 at 10:33 am |
    • Xerxes_2011

      Keep on Henry and.......Your goose is Cooked!

      November 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • Haas

      AMEN! to that

      November 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • Handofdoom

      Yes your right

      November 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
      • Che-3

        Idiot do you have a brain of your own?

        November 24, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  5. FIELD1stSGT

    He needs to pardon America at the same time and step his useless self down. Get out of our lives. This socialist pig is not a Patriot of America.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:30 am |
    • sayquitter

      Who would be more patriotic Obama or Bush, who almost singlehandedly destroyed the fabric of this country inside and out, economically as well as morally.
      Bush almost spent us into bankrupcy, the consequences of which we are suffering, and pres Obama is dealing with. I suspect and if you are enlisted or veteran from the armed forces, how well they treated you when you came back?. Most of you paid their way back home, an they treated you like crap if you needed to use Walter Reed. And that's not counting Bush the fact was an embarrasment for us around the world.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • S3CU41+y

      Do you even know the definition of Socialism? If you do, and hate Obama for it, then you must be a millionaire. But that comment suggests otherwise...

      November 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
      • iam99percentsureyoureanidiot

        Socialists don't become millionaires. You lose.

        November 23, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
      • Barack Obamao

        A lesson on socialism from a socialist – that's rich.

        November 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • harbharb

      All I heard was a lot of stupid pig snorting during the latest GOP debate.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • jean2009

      1st FieldIdiot....how would a Nazi pig know what a socialist is? I understand form previous posts your only military experience is in some paint ball gun militia.

      November 24, 2011 at 9:30 am |
  6. sayquitter

    That turkey looks suspiciously like Rick Perry. Is he forgiving the others too?.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:36 am |
  7. tingle

    The Turkeys will be peppersprayed and let off with a warning.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  8. Liz the First

    Obama ought to pardon turkes like henry miller and field1stsgt. surprised the repubs haven't slammed him for being soft on turkeys and wasting food. the hate displayed in these posts is a disgrace to our great country. yes, we elected (really) a black president. DEAL WITH IT!

    November 23, 2011 at 10:58 am |
    • Rudy NYC

      Like Isaid, conservatives took a crushing blow when Obama was elected. Never ones to admit failure, they have projected their own failure and anger at themselves onto Obama. Many conservatives just simply cannot get over the fact that they screwed up the economy so badly that America actually elected a young black guy over a senior war hero and living legend.

      November 23, 2011 at 11:06 am |
      • Tal

        lame partisan. get a clue

        November 23, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • phoenix86

      Liz,

      Your comment seems to indicate that the only reason you voted for Obama was because he is black. Your racism shows through loud and clear. Don't project your racist beliefs on others. The vast majority of Republicans are against Obama because of his disasterous policies. You're for Obama because he is black. Who is the real racist here?

      November 23, 2011 at 11:10 am |
      • padre11

        Phoenix98

        The vast majority of republicans hate democrats period no matter if he/she is green, brown or yellow and feel that the white house is their throne forever and spending and deficits dont matter.

        November 23, 2011 at 11:28 am |
      • Tal

        agreed phoenix, some people are obsessed with the race thing. I'm asking, though, where are the results? if its not happening, move on... and don't slow down the democracy with irrational concerns about racism. the country is having a lot of trouble and we need to find a capable president FAST.

        November 23, 2011 at 11:30 am |
      • Rudy NYC

        Obama haters love to talk about "disastrous policies" that Obama has put in place. What policies changes has Obama put in place? Republicans have so far been quite successful in following the Rove/Norquist strategy of "forcing a liberal to legislate like a conservative."

        He campaigned on eliminating the Bush Tax Cuts, and we still have them. After the financial collapse, he campaigned on tougher regulations, which have yet to go into effect. America is still on the policy road laid down by Republicans. What was Boehner's remark last year after the Bush Tax Cuts were extended? "I got 98% of what I wanted."

        November 23, 2011 at 11:46 am |
      • NVa Native

        phoneynecks – only a bigot would say some one voted for some one because of their skin color while ignoring all the other outstanding qualifications of that person.

        November 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
      • voiceofreason

        You are so correct phoenix86. Liz is very transparent when posting comments like that. She, and others like her, will NEVER ALLOW racism to go away. It is very unfortunate for her and family.

        November 24, 2011 at 9:25 am |
      • Igle

        All of our prior presidents(43) were people of color(if that is were you live) What you have projected is the sickness thats killing the human spirit. People vote their life's experiences. Try a different approach!

        November 26, 2011 at 9:18 am |
    • Tom in Santa Fe

      No, America did not elect a Black President. Americans electecd a multi-racial person who chooses to label himself as an African-American. How convenient, eh?

      November 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Rosco

      I'm missing where skin tone matters, please provide more information.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • nighttalk

      Yeah we did...too bad...won't make that mistake with Cain...

      November 23, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • tampamurray

      He's only half black you know.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
      • Che-3

        Sooooooooooo?
        And what are ya? Some idiot? Let's know.
        Come on spill it.

        November 24, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  9. Dan in Atlanta

    Trying to guess which two turkeys Obama is sparing is fun. Perry and Cain? Bachman and Gingrich? Perry and Bachman? Romney and Cain? and so on. It is quite a contest.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  10. Former Rep. - Now Independent

    So he's sparing Cain and Perry?

    Poor choice.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  11. Kyle MD

    Here we go with another idiot calling the President a sociolist. Please know the meaning of socialism before calling the President something that he isn't. You must be a Bachmann supporter. Spouting off without knowing what you are talking about!!

    November 23, 2011 at 11:47 am |
    • Barack Obamao

      Would you prefer "communist"?

      November 23, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
      • jean2009

        And you are a Nazi.

        November 24, 2011 at 9:32 am |
  12. ...a laurel and hardy handshake.......

    ....and Mr. President, PLEASE PARDON THAT GROUP OF teanut-gop candidates – THEY KNOW NOT WHAT THEY BOO !

    November 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  13. TheGobbler

    Politics, politics, enough!. OK, so I'm a Turkey. These other Turkeys get a sunshine pass and I get my head cut off tomorrow just cause the president says so? WTF!!!!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    FIELDgeist – you are clearly – even using the low bar the GOPs have set – one of the sleaziest of the sleaze.

    November 23, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Barack Obamao

      And, you are the suckiest of the sucky.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:26 pm |
  15. Liz the First

    phoenix86

    "Liz,

    Your comment seems to indicate that the only reason you voted for Obama was because he is black. Your racism shows through loud and clear. Don't project your racist beliefs on others" There you go again, projecting YOUR faults on others. I voted for Obama because he and his party stand for what i believe is good for America. i would have voted for him if he was white, brown, yellow, or sky-blue-pink with puce polka dots!!! my side isn't the racist side, as is obvious to anyone with eyes who watches both conventions.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • voiceofreason

      Gee Liz, you voted for Oflumba because you stand for the same things such as jeopardizing our childrens future by raising the deficit to an unthinkable ceiling, graveling to forgien countries and apologizing for what the United States stands for, Michelle Oflumba stating that she can truly say she is not proud of this country, and we can go on and on and on....

      Watch this link and get your eyes and mind opened.
      http://www.youtube.com/v/e5INFAuM1xI

      November 24, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  16. billy

    Were the turkeys named Bush and Cheney?

    November 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  17. m

    The turkeys must be Republicans.

    November 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  18. george of the jungle

    ol howard and field 1st can't even give it a rest long enough to enjoy the turkey pardon. I thought the presidents remarks clever and funny. especially the gobbeling without saying anything. He is the only one I see out trying to get things passed for the American people. The repo clowns are either having meetings to bump each other out of running because of their religion or off signing pledges to uphold some special interest group.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  19. ti-grr

    A National Disgrace. There are people in prisons fasely accused and Presidents waste their time doing this?? BS. Single parents are targeted with false abuse charges to 'leagaly acquire' kids for Bushs and Congress perversions. Search/ Read: TRANCE-FORMATION OF AMERICA by Cathy O'Brien and Mark Philips – Cathy still trying to get her daughter back from a congressmans control. Bush Sr is the greatest horror in America.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • tampamurray

      It's 2012 pal ... get over your Bush whining. I'd love to hear what you have to say a decade from now if Obama wins another term. It ain't gonna be pretty!

      November 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  20. WhereIsPalin

    Yes children...........those turkeys will not show up on anyone's table. They will grow up and become future republican presidential contenders. Look what this tradition has given us.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  21. jagnut

    Boy I sure hope Odumwa saves a pardon for himself for destroying America!

    November 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Liz the First

      Please explain exactly how saving us from another Great Depression and trying to put people back to work over the entrenched opposition of the people who put us in this mess is 'destroying America?' i guess you want to see us go back to the days of the robber barons and the desperately poor with nobody in between? and guess which end of that equation you're going to end up on, Skippy??? Obama is working his tail off to make a better life for you and your fellow ingrates.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • alcspi

        Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, oh, and a Tooth Fairy too.

        November 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
      • KK Denver

        Save your breath Liz..... thinking hurts their heads.

        November 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
      • Handofdoom

        Obama working , come on now we all know Obama does not know what the word means !

        November 23, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
      • iam99percentsureyoureanidiot

        Name just one thing Obama has done singlehandedly and I'll let you win this one. If you say "he got bin laden" I'll laugh at you.

        November 23, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
      • tampamurray

        Let me know how you like that "better" life once the reality of it sinks in. What's happening in America today is a replay of when Fidel first took power in Cuba. They all loved and adored them ... he was going to save the poor working class. In point of fact though, what he did was give them just enough rope (hand-outs) to let them hang themselves. Then he pulled out the rug from underneath them and, what they're left with, is abject poverty and no voice! That's what's coming for us if we don't rid ourselves of this horrible man!

        November 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
      • iam99percentsureyoureanidiot

        I logged back in to see if you thought of anything yet that Obama has done. Guess not.

        November 24, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Che-3

      Your save your EVIL Satanic soul.
      Question; Is your mother really Lucifer, The Devil?

      November 24, 2011 at 12:20 am |
  22. Stewart

    An animal-rights group is campaigning to save some turkeys from the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day.

    Mercy for Animals is behind a billboard urging drivers to “spare a turkey” and “choose vegetarian.” The billboard is in Garner, which is home to turkey giant Butterball.

    Campaign coordinator Eddie Garza said the group put up the same sign in Chicago and Detroit last Thanksgiving season. He says it makes sense to come to North Carolina to urge residents to give turkeys something to be thankful for.

    Mercy for Animals conducts undercover investigations of farms; including one that led McDonalds and Target to drop their ties with a major egg supplier after a video showed animal cruelty at facilities in Iowa, Minnesota and Colorado.

    To learn more, visit http://www.mercyforanimals.org

    November 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • jean2009

      Actually, the turkeys that were pardoned were provided, this year, by the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association under the National Federation of Turkey Growers. These birds due to their bone structure and large size are not long lived birds...they will probably not live more than a year.

      November 26, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  23. Arin

    Congrats to those lucky turkeys. I hope far more are spared, even if not presidentially. I also hope CNN hires a better proof-reader. Are for our in Obama's first quote and whit for white. Not impressive.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  24. NYCL Poster

    Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos - thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within.

    Barack Obama is my college classmate (Columbia University, class of '83). As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one, Obama is following the plan of Cloward & Piven, two professors at Columbia University. They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system with government spending and entitlement demands. Add up the clues below. Taken individually they're alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority that desperately needs government for survival ... and can be counted on to always vote for bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.

    – Universal health care. The health care bill had very little to do with health care. It had everything to do with unionizing millions of hospital and health care workers, as well as adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents (who will join government employee unions). Obama doesn't care that giving free health care to 30 million Americans will add trillions to the national debt. What he does care about is that it cements the dependence of those 30 million voters to Democrats and big government. Who but a socialist revolutionary would pass this reckless spending bill in the middle of a depression?

    – Cap and trade. Like health care legislation having nothing to do with health care, cap and trade has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with redistribution of income, government control of the economy and a criminal payoff to Obama's biggest contributors. Those powerful and wealthy unions and contributors (like GE, which owns NBC, MSNBC and CNBC) can then be counted on to support everything Obama wants. They will kick-back hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party to keep them in power. The bonus is that all the new taxes on Americans with bigger cars, bigger homes and businesses helps Obama "spread the wealth around."

    – Make Puerto Rico a state. Why? Who's asking for a 51st state? Who's asking for millions of new welfare recipients and government entitlement addicts in the middle of a depression? Certainly not American taxpayers. But this has been Obama's plan all along. His goal is to add two new Democrat senators, five Democrat congressman and a million loyal Democratic voters who are dependent on big government.

    – Legalize 12 million illegal immigrants. Just giving these 12 million potential new citizens free health care alone could overwhelm the system and bankrupt America. But it adds 12 million reliable new Democrat voters who can be counted on to support big government. Add another few trillion dollars in welfare, aid to dependent children, food stamps, free medical, education, tax credits for the poor, and eventually Social Security.

    – Stimulus and bailouts. Where did all that money go? It went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and unions - including billions of dollars to save or create jobs of government employees across the country. It went to save GM and Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying union dues. It went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million in contributions). A staggering $125 billion went to teachers (thereby protecting their union dues). All those public employees will vote loyally Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and pensions that are bankrupting America. The country goes broke, future generations face a bleak future, but Obama, the Democrat Party, government, and the unions grow more powerful. The ends justify the means.

    – Raise taxes on small business owners, high-income earners, and job creators. Put the entire burden on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers, redistribute the income, punish success, and reward those who did nothing to deserve it (except vote for Obama). Reagan wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order to starve the government. Obama wants to dramatically raise taxes to starve his political opposition.

    With the acts outlined above, Obama and his regime have created a vast and rapidly expanding constituency of voters dependent on big government; a vast privileged class of public employees who work for big government; and a government dedicated to destroying capitalism and installing themselves as socialist rulers by overwhelming the system.

    Add it up and you've got the perfect Marxist scheme - all devised by my Columbia University college classmate Barack Obama.

    November 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  25. james Oreily

    Since it seems so convenient to always blame those in the past and of course the rich republican congress for all the issues as well as those "wealthy non tax paying" repubs as well, it might interest people to know, seven of the top 10 wealthiest congressmen are democrats. Democrats had control the first 2 years of Obamas presidency and both sides have had members on for years through multiple presidencies. Sorry it is the sitting president who needs to make changes and it is always "what have you done for me lately". The so called super committee was supposed to be non partisan and still failed. I see the current issues as a failure of our government and not specific to one party. This would hold true no matter who was in power and the fact is our debt has increased more in the last few years than decades before, and unemployment has only gone up. When do we start wondering where the "good" change is coming from?

    November 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  26. Ichi

    "Count are blessings". Way to go, CNN editors!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • t-squared

      My thoughts exactly. I can't stand reading comments where people obviously can't spell, but in the article itself? Come on.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • jkenney

      Don't forget the "Whit House"

      November 23, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Man (the REAL one)

      It's pathetic how far down we are sliding into the pit of idiocy, isn't it?

      November 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • someguy

      Not to mention the "Whit house"... I'm not familiar with that buidling...

      CNN would be better off having their writers just dictating to voice-recognition software...

      November 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
    • Not Likely

      Forget the editors, why does CNN employ writers who don't know basic English?

      November 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • Ronnie

      They also didn't catch that this took place at the "Whit House" – terrible...

      November 24, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  27. Mark

    Now if he would only Pardon some non-violent offenders clogging up our prisons.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  28. joe

    I hate to say it, but those birds wouls look much better Golden brown, on a dinner table.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • jean2009

      Ah Joe!
      Considering they will probably die a miserable death from inherited poor bone structure coupled with their extreme size maybe before the end of another year...that might be a wiser choice.
      Wild turkeys can live to be 20 years old, but the domesticated turkey that arrives on the Thanksgiving table has a life span of 2-6 years, but on average about 2 years.

      November 27, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  29. Dolly Madison

    Everyone knows that Butterball or Purdue shipped enough turkeys to the White House kitchen to feed the hosts and guests. The turkeys were already plucked and beheaded before arrival.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  30. lizzy10

    They will live very happily with Troy and Eric.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  31. Ken in NC

    So the President is going to pardon 2 Turkeys. This is good but what about the rest of the Republicans. To pardon 2 Republicans does the country no good. The 2 Turkeys being pardoned named Bachmann and Limbaugh should be thankful.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  32. RB

    Reid and Pelosi?

    November 23, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  33. Xerxes_2011

    "We can’t wait to pardon these turkeys, literally,” the president joked. “Otherwise they’d end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing.” That is too comical! talk about saving a life or two. Classy Turkey Digs or next to mashed potatoes and stuffing.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  34. ArtOfAlmost

    "Count ARE blessings"? C'mon, CNN!!! Proofread!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
  35. Rosco

    Where is the news on CNN about him pardoning those drug dealers and criminals the other day. Gettin a pass from the news outlets again. The buffoonery needs to stop in 2012. Vote out all encumbents!

    November 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  36. V. P.

    Just as I thought I would see, a bunch of disrespectful comments about the Commander and Chief. America has a sickness and it's called racism. Had the President been WHITE and accomplished some of the things he's accomplished he would be on a pedestal. And don't try to tell me that there's no racism in America, because you'd be LYING! Now Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • SAF

      I so agree with you, V.P. Some of these comments are about as sickening as it gets–and as unfounded as they can possibly be.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • sonic10158

      What accomplishments? He's made the nation WORSE than it was before. Typical liberal crying racism when someone says the democratic god obama screws up.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
      • Joe

        do you forget what he had to pick up before? and that just because he is president as a democrat does not mean republicans do not have any control, making it difficult to get anything accomplished. I am young so I do not know much.. but everyone on here just sounds ridiculous.

        November 23, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
      • Notfooled

        Tell us how it is worse. I bet you can't. I'll tell you how it is better Google-– Obama's 244 Accomplishments.

        November 24, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • tampamurray

      What are you smoking? Nobody said there isn't racism in America but, for your information, a lot of it is reverse discrimination. When a black kills a white, it's simply murder. When a white kills a black, it's a hate crime. The vast majority of Americans who want Mr. Obama out of office are NOT racists. Or wait, maybe they are. We do not a socialist Muslim leading our Country!

      November 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Andy

      Had Obama been WHITE, I don't think he would have been elected in the first place.

      November 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
  37. anyreason

    Ok just when I think the president gets low he tops it off with a turkey pardon. 1st he reads from a teleprompter and now he is pardoning turkeys. What is this world coming to when a guy like Obama can care more for the poor then the 1%.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  38. proud female Dem in nc

    The poor Teapublicans, they even hate at Thanksgiving. Then they call themselves Christians. Hypocrites all!! So proud to say that I am a Democrat and I'm not of the party of hate and bigotry. Obama 2012

    November 23, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  39. Man (the REAL one)

    I spared a turkey, as well. The chicken we'll be eating was already dead.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  40. D

    All I see on these posts are gobble, gobble, gobble ... errr, I mean, blah, blah, blah.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  41. jessie jackson

    dat sho' is funny. fo mo yeers bobama

    November 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  42. SmartPotato

    Typical ignorant Americans... the haters don't even know what they're hating. They name-call but cannot explain any logical reasons.

    Peace will win. Not you.

    November 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  43. Ron242435

    Lord, the low quality of reporting continues to be astounding. "Count are blessings"? Maybe "count OUR blessings"?

    November 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  44. ILikeIkeV2

    The comments were more interesting to read than the article itself.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  45. Chris from Canada

    'count are blessings'

    Great job America!

    November 23, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  46. tamara reina

    Mr. President can I have just a piece of your turkey?

    November 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  47. vodknockers

    N0 Plan
    N0 Leadership
    N0 Clue
    N0bama

    November 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Che-3

      Pothead; do even have functional brain? Your brain cells are dead, idiot. Check yourself into the nearest mental institution. You're a threat to yourself and normal human beings.
      Whew! Some people.

      November 24, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  48. Steve

    Two turkeys I won't be eating, eh? Sounds like a challenge, to me.

    OK, Secret Service... Game on.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • Sam

      lol. Race ya to them.

      November 25, 2011 at 12:26 am |
  49. All4TheLulz

    What makes me crack up is looking at the faces of his daughters. It's like they're saying, "Dad, are you serious!? We got better things to do, hell YOU got better things to do." lulz

    November 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  50. Chopswell

    Well you all just settle down and PASS THE GRAVY!

    November 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  51. rad666

    Were they hear illegally is that why they were granted amnesty??

    November 23, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  52. alcspi

    Only thing the man knows how to do!

    November 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • alcspi

      Awaiting moderation for the above statement? You guys are nuts.

      November 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  53. igz

    *our. not are. yeesh.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  54. Illeagle-j1

    Since these two turkeys are now safe, can we now go on and get rid of the rest of Congress?

    November 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  55. Holder Is A Thug

    Was one of them Eric Holder?

    November 23, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  56. Illeagle-j1

    Looks folks so Obama is a man of color, so what, It could have been worse. The country could have an openly Transexual ilegal reform Druid and socialist (Marxist, not just social socialist) for it leader. "REFORM DRUID", we are allowed to paint ourselves in soft earth tones and worship the cactus on the TV and have a vegan for diner on the Sabath.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  57. slavetousa

    Too bad Obama didn't spare the lives of all the Iraqi's, Libyans and Afghani's and the American labeled a "terrorist" overseas.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  58. Gabbi

    OUR blessings? ....

    November 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  59. Clifford S

    At least its not a Tofurkey!

    November 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  60. The King

    The King is pleased with Obama. The King shall permit Obama to serve 4 more years. But, The King finds these GOP comedians entertaining and demands they continue their televised comedy shows to continue long after President Obama is into his second term.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  61. coolbreeze

    Look at his daughter...She's like Dad, What are you talking about?

    November 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  62. coolbreeze

    The turkey needs some VELVET GLOVES

    November 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  63. coolbreeze

    Oh PETA is going to get on your face, Mr. President

    November 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  64. Brandon

    End of Paragraph 3, White House mispelled.

    November 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  65. NorthwesternU

    "...North Portico of the Whit House." Let's get some CNN editors up in this bitch

    November 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  66. lol puddimg cup

    Howard=Donald Trump.... money money moneymoney......moneeeeey

    November 23, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  67. Handofdoom

    To bad Obama can't pardoned the Citizens , loling , and be a man just step down , other words Leave office !

    November 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  68. Billie Shaffer

    Vote republican - it's easier than thinking.

    November 23, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  69. Vic

    They must of been Republicans?

    November 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  70. I HATE CRUELTY

    50 MILLION TURKEYS WILL BE MURDERED TODAY, because Americans like the way they taste. But of course, we will all talk about morals and values around the table .... THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE NEWS!

    November 23, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • anon

      WRONG. 50 million turkeys will be EATEN today. They were murdered about a week or so ago.

      November 24, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  71. Luke

    How about you spare us of 2 turkeys and get rid of Obama and Bernanke?

    November 23, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  72. PeteH

    For once; truth in the media! There are indeed two turkeys in the photo; one with a beak, and one with a mean Karate chop!

    November 23, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
  73. David M.

    What a stupid "tradition", but I would rather see these two birds pardoned than the house full of turkeys in Congress. Anyway, it's not like there won't be a turkey on the table in the White House. Just neither one of these two.

    November 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
  74. Panties

    Viva, VIVA TEXAS!

    November 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
  75. VRage13

    I'd eat the birds. This is a political stunt to play nice with PETA who belive that all animals have a place in the world. I agree with thier point of view. I like to see turkey between stuffing and green bean casserole.

    November 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm |
    • JeffinIL

      Abraham Lincoln was the first to pardon a turkey. PETA has nothing to do with it. The world existed long before Obama took office, surprising as that may be.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
      • wastelandpast

        Yeah but it ain't gonna exist long if this turkey stays in office. He released these turkeys cause that's not what he likes to gobble on, Bwhahahahahahaha

        November 23, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
      • VRage13

        I didn't say anything about BO. I said I'd eat the turkey. Presidents from lying parties have "pardoned" turkeys, both birds and criminals.

        November 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
      • sonic10158

        Sorry, Jeff, the article says the first turkey that was ever pardoned was pardoned by George H W Bush

        November 24, 2011 at 3:47 am |
      • jean2009

        Actually you are wrong...earlier presidents did give turkeys a reprieve from the White House dinner table, but the first to actually write a pardon for the turkeys was George H W Bush. Today's turkeys due to their bone structure and eventual large size are not long living birds. They usually expire from natural causes within the year....which translated probably means the birds sent last year to the petting zoo need to be replaced.
        Check it out at: http://www.snopes.com/holidays/thanksgiving/pardon.asp

        November 24, 2011 at 9:50 am |
      • JeffinIL

        sonic, Google is a magical thing. Abraham Lincoln pardoned a turkey that his son had become attached to and begged him to let it live.

        November 24, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • jean2009

        @JeffinIL
        I would suggest: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/tgturkey2.html Presidential Pardon..The Turkey That Lives to See Another Day by Borgna Brunner and Mark Hughes

        I would also suggest : http://www.com/holidays/thanksgiving/pardon.asp The Ungobbled Gobbler
        Which puts the Lincoln story in serious doubt.

        November 25, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
      • jean2009

        snopes puts the Lincoln story in serious doubt.

        November 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • JeffinIL

      Vrage, yes, you did mention BO though not directly. WHO pardoned the turkeys? Therefore, WHO was, according to you, performing a political stunt for PETA?

      November 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  76. Dennis

    Birds of a feather . . . .......

    November 23, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  77. giveobamathebird

    this is the dumbest tradition ever, the only purpose a turkey has in life is to be food. yet every year at christmas they have no problem chopping down a large pine tree to put on display. hopefully abama will be going down sooon-like a fat girl on cake.

    November 23, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
  78. tampamurray

    What a guy ... today he pardons a Turkey, and earlier this week he pardoned several crack cocaine prisoners. Guess he wants to get as many convicts out of jail as possible before the 2012 election. I think he's guaranteed their votes!

    November 23, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
  79. JeffinIL

    Two turkeys? A brother has to work twice as hard as a white guy to get any respect.

    November 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • wastelandpast

      selling crack ain't work.

      November 23, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Barack Obamao

      A working brother is an oxymoron. He wans he Obama money.

      November 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
  80. April

    Please PROOF READ your articles before posting. In the 3rd paragraph "It is a day to count are blessings"; I am pretty sure you meant "our" blessings. Also in the 3rd paragraph he is standing outside the "Whit House". I am not sure we have some where called the Whit House in the U.S.

    Please, Please, Please hire a proof reader OR ask a colleague to review your work!

    November 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  81. wastelandpast

    We know we have a turkey in the WH because of all the stuffing, Bwhahahahahahahaha

    November 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
    • Jim

      You really don't think AT ALL before you post, do you? Oh wait....you're a Republican. Never mind.

      November 24, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  82. wastelandpast

    Obama spares 2 turkeys, so what will the 2 girls do when he and moochele leave? Bwhahahahahahahaahahahaha

    November 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  83. Jpoz

    Society will never be fully happy with whoever is in the presidential role. It doesn't matter who it is, a group of people will not like that person because they don't agree with what's going on, and vice versa. Let people have their opinions on what is "tearing America down". Remember, the majority is the group that voted for our leader. If you didn't vote, then you don't have a say. If you did, and lost, try again next time or do something beneficial about it. Those haters out there (not just to Obama but past presidents and any person in power), I'd like to see you step up and give it a try and do better. Chances are, you can't do anything but complain. If you want change. Do something about it.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
  84. vlow1988

    You assholes sound like a bunch of red necks crack cocaine smoking crystal meth using fools. thats all you good for nothing white folks are good for Go Obma win again so these losers can shut the fuck up

    November 23, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  85. Barack Obamao

    Mooshill and King Barry are off for Uranus shortly.

    November 23, 2011 at 9:28 pm |
  86. BillyBob

    Obama is The Man!!! All of the negative posts about him are so typical of losers. And... Handofdoom – learn to spell! "Yes your right" You're a perfect example of the dumbing of America Handofdoom! Try: "you're" as in: "you are". Sigh... so many freaking dumb people in America – what a pity!

    November 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  87. Julia Gerson

    " It is a day to count are blessings." Are you KIDDING me?

    November 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  88. Pinche Vato

    I don't understand' why would the President pardon Boehner and McConnell?

    November 23, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
  89. James

    So Obama had the rest of them killed ???–Figures–

    November 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  90. the other one

    In an unanticipated display of compassionate conservatism, true Republicans continue to spare far more than two turkeys.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  91. jimmers

    Thats one homely biatch.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
  92. Charles

    DIDN'T THEY DO TWO INSTEAD OF ONE ON AN EPISODE OF THE WEST WING?

    November 23, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  93. HMaffioli

    “Tomorrow is one of the best days of the year to be an American. It is a day to count are blessings,

    OUR blessings...

    ~A 5th Grade Teacher

    November 23, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  94. ZK

    There are so many grammatical errors in this article. Who edited this junk? What is the whit house, and what are "are blessings?"

    November 23, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  95. Donald Barnes

    That man , obama , pardons two turkeys. Liberty and Peace.

    These are birds, WILL THAT man , obama , REMAIN A TURKEY ?
    he WILL , UNLESS, he PARDONS his FELLOW HUMAN BEING, JONATHON POLLARD.
    WHO DESIRES AND DESERVES HIS LIBERTY AND PEACE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    THAT man , obama , DON'T BE A BIRD.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • Che-3

      OMG! What the heck have you been smoking? Stop smoking that POTSHIT.
      You sound like some pig farm psycho. Delusional, I might add.

      November 24, 2011 at 12:30 am |
  96. Raed

    My sister always complained that they were always named after food.

    Now Liberty and Peace are the best named turkey's out there.

    November 24, 2011 at 12:13 am |
  97. luvcomments

    I've never been able to figure out what crimes the turkeys have been accused of. Bet it was nothing as disgusting as the filth posted on here about the President of your country. You must make others ashamed to be an American for tolerating you.

    November 24, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  98. Asian

    After going through most of the comments here, I now understand why America is going to the dogs – the shallowness in reasoning and ignorance is just amazing! Do you guys "live" on this planet?

    November 24, 2011 at 1:26 am |
  99. pauly stu

    To think...this article started with 2 turkeys being saved as a presidential tradition! you guys are all perfect examples of bad americans! have a happy thanksgiving.....thats what this was all about in the first place!

    November 24, 2011 at 2:48 am |
  100. Geo

    Just glancing through the comment section. People even make the silly tradition of pardoning the turkeys into a political statement. Some people need to chill out and enjoy the Thanksgiving tradition with family, forget the political talking points, and enjoy life. Obama is just a man elected president, not a villian or a hero. He has a family and a job, vote for him, vote against him, support his policies, disagree. We live in a democracy and the people elected are not cardboard characters but real human beings, faults and all.

    It's the insanity of politics (the insanity inside us) that makes us define politics in oversimplified talking points. Politicians represent a set of interests, each "side", whether liberal or conservative, have interests that correspond to our personal interests. Politics isn't a team sport. There really is no "our" side in reality. We all have liberal interests and conservative interests. Politicians and pundets, demogogues, prey our weaknesses and make us puppets to their causes. So much so that we cannot even view this silly ceremony without turning it into a political commentary.

    November 24, 2011 at 2:49 am |
    • Sam

      Thank you for some sanity.

      November 25, 2011 at 12:19 am |
  101. Paul Ronco

    What I would respect more from Obama at this point:

    "Mr. President, we have the two turkeys waiting."
    "Go away with this nonsense, I don't have the time. The country is falling apart, and besides, kill them anyway. Kids in America are starting to starve."

    November 24, 2011 at 4:03 am |
  102. tcaros

    ONe of the Turkeys looks like Gingrich.

    November 24, 2011 at 6:03 am |
  103. jon

    NO RFID CHIPS!!

    November 24, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  104. jon

    NO ONE RECIEVE THE RFID CHIPS!!THEY ARE IN CREDIT CARDS,DEBIT CARDS, AND ALMOST EVERYTHING IN AMERICA...NEXT THEY WILL BE PUTTING THEM IN HUMANS (THE MARK OF THE BEAST AS IS IN THE HOLY BIBLE)AND ANYONE WHO ACCEPTS THE CHIP WILL BE DAMNED TO HELL...ITS ALL IN THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS OF THE HOLY BIBLE...ANYWAYS HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!GOBBLE GOBBLE!!

    November 24, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  105. No Tags

    Two turkeys. Must have been Palin and Bachmann.

    November 24, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  106. Omega1k71

    The real turkeys are the congressional republicans & democrats that are putting getting re-elected above country. where are the patriots? the real turkeys needing a pardon for crimes against this country are bush, chaney & rumsfeld.

    November 24, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  107. Str1249

    I got a problem with both turkeys being white. I think that's racist!!!

    November 24, 2011 at 7:15 am |
  108. JC

    I think he said...."I pardon these jive turkeys"

    November 24, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  109. Flatsguide

    At least he didn't have to pardon a pig, I'm not sure his muslim buddies would have allowed him to stay in the muslim club if Thanksgiving dinner wast roast pork. At least he didn't wear his watch or wedding ring during Ramadan.

    November 24, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  110. Jerry

    He needs to pardon the biggest turkey of them all; HIMSELF! This president and his lapdogs have lied and done so much damage to this country and its people that we may never fully recover.

    America, prepare yourself for 2012!

    November 24, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  111. WOPRjr

    BO may have pardoned Liberty and Peace, but he killed the hell out of Hope and Change

    November 24, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  112. John

    The maturity level of these posts is disturbing. Show some respect, think, and enjoy the holiday.

    November 24, 2011 at 8:19 am |
  113. Brad

    So Pelosi and Reid are safe....good for them....

    November 24, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  114. voiceofreason

    He looks like he want to be the Pontiff. What an appropriate pose. "Bless you my country. I know what is best for you"

    November 24, 2011 at 9:41 am |
  115. jean2009

    Obama-Biden 2012

    November 24, 2011 at 9:55 am |
    • Bill

      None of the above 2012

      November 24, 2011 at 10:05 am |
  116. George

    I see internet trolls paid for, by Norquist and Koch are in effect. Why the absolute blind hatred against Obama...even as a human being!?

    Is it because he signed regulations that slowed down $$$ that huge corporations emblezzle from US taxpayers?

    November 24, 2011 at 10:03 am |
    • Bill

      paid internet trolls? I think you need your tinfoil hat adjusted

      November 24, 2011 at 10:05 am |
      • George

        Didn't your check come through? I'll be pissed if I were you.

        November 24, 2011 at 10:23 am |
  117. Bill

    The problem is we still have the real turkey in the oval office.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  118. bill

    in all fairness to republicans, the president should have also pardoned cain and perry.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:49 am |
  119. Donkey Party

    Henry Miller (Idiot savant) -

    Which economic policies has Obama "inflicted" upon us, since the Bush Tax cuts are still in effect, and when every effort to do anything about the economy has been blocked by the GOP-baggers (that includes your Libertarian ilk)? It's painfully obvious to identify the ignorant, anti-American, fact-free knuckle-draggers here, they most often are the ones speaking through their colon portals.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • billybob1912@att.com

      Okay,so you admit over and over he is a failure. I also agree!

      November 24, 2011 at 11:02 am |
    • como1

      Here are the economic policy inflictions of Obama. $1.3 trillion additional overspending (above what Bush did), spending upwards of $9 billion/day on $4 billion in revenues borrowing the remainder from the Indians-Chinese-Brazilians, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, 85,000 pages of new pollicies, over regulation by EPA to achieve what Obama cannot get legislatively even from his own party, 900 plus days without a budget (he and his democratic congress had 2 years to make a budget and chose to screw the country with Obamacare instead). Want more, pull your head out of the sand and look them up.

      November 24, 2011 at 12:47 pm |
      • DonnieH.

        Oh you are talking about the money he spent to fix the damage done by the Gop. He didn't just go on a spending spree you know. Besides if you count the interest on Bush's debt and the extorted continuation of the Bush tax cuts then you end up with the Gop being responsible for 85% of the debt that you know want to blame on Obama. But hey you don't really care about facts otherwise you wouldn't listen to Fox.

        November 25, 2011 at 4:57 am |
  120. roy

    Obama pardoned himself and one other turkey.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  121. O-leaveUS

    Spared two turkey's? Give me a break. trying to play the good guy theme. he will sit down and eat turkey like he did last year. Who is this moron trying to fool.? The guy smokes, as well. What a hypocrite.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  122. Bob

    Turkey pardoning turkeys...nothing unusual here...move along....

    November 24, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  123. supersam

    The turkey has done us no harm,it did not need to be pardoned.

    oBummer,you have done lots of harm to this country,you are the one who needs to be pardoned and leave.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:40 am |
  124. Mike

    FOX news has all of it's sheep scared to even enjoy Thanksgiving while living in the greatest, safest, brightest beacon of democracy the world has ever seen. Do yourselves a favor. Enjoy just this one day and give thanks. And no, I'm not a tree hugging, Obama worshiping, "anything goes" liberal. Just another proud American.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  125. Steve

    Finally something he could do half way decent!

    November 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm |
  126. como1

    The turkeys were named Dorne and Ayres.

    November 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
  127. 4148

    ok this is relevant news that is useful after the failure of the super committee. the country is in a hell hole and you put crap about a turkey as if he not gonna eat that later after that.

    November 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
  128. peace

    Tow turkeys were pardoned by US president!
    May I ask what was the crime of these two turkeys.
    The crime is they are among the most cruel species.

    And see the height of a double standard.
    Two turkeys are pardoned and rest millions are eaten. Wow! then you talk about fairness!!!!!!

    November 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
  129. peace

    Tow turkeys were pardoned.
    May I ask what was the crime of these two turkeys.
    The crime is just they are among the most cruel species.

    And see the height of a double standard.
    Two turkeys are pardoned and rest millions are eaten. Wow! then you talk about fairness!!!!!!

    November 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  130. Repub Imbecile

    To house, feed, provide iPhone and XBox to the turkeys it will cost taxpayers $1.2 Trillion. Source: Fox News

    November 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  131. mikle

    One deal Obama did good in 3 years-pardon turkey. The rest his job is the worse president ever.

    November 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  132. Lando Z. Wopdeigo

    Obama has pardoned all of the turkeys but all of the chickens fried.

    November 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  133. stmike

    I agree with Rick McDaniel!!!! Obamanation is a supreme TURKEY!!!!!!!!

    November 24, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  134. Rastaman

    "Obama spares two turkeys".

    That caption made me think he was pardoning Bush and Cheney...

    November 24, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  135. socalgal

    With so many czars in his administration–how did he keep it to two?

    November 24, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  136. Hravey

    I sure the turkeys will survive Thanksgiving long enough to end up on the New Year's dinner table

    November 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  137. likealion

    "It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor" George Washington 1789 explains our nation's first Thanksgiving Proclamation

    November 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  138. just me

    The two turkeys didn't happen to be named Rick Perry and Herman Cain?

    November 24, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
  139. wharf0rat

    Obama spared two turkeys when he didn't pursue an investigation of Bush and Cheney for war crimes.

    November 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  140. Need More Turkey Jokes

    How many more turkey jokes can you losers come up with? Not one of you all have had anything intelligent to say so I'm just going to rip on all of you. You all, are the reason this country is in the state it is. Keep on fighting people, you haven't dragged the rest of us down with you far enough. After all, we all know fighting solves problems, that's about the only thing America seems to be able to do, start fights with everyone. So to hell with it, let's all grab our guns and start the next Civil War. The occupiers need something to do after all.

    November 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  141. Paul

    Mr. Obama gives a Thanksgiving speech and never mentions God. Not unexpected, coming from this man.

    November 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  142. Ed Sr of Dallas Tx

    Good for Obama....now we have THREE live turkeys in the White House!

    November 24, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  143. Rob

    Two 45 pound Turkies what? Dude you gotta atleast eat one of them. That be so much Turkey. I'm a big eater but thats plenty of left overs. I'm going to find them in Virginia and eat them. two 45 pound Turkies wont be hard to find. Sense 45 million are dead and the ones for next year are about 9 pounds right now.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
  144. trex

    ..........When notified about the turkeys pardon by Obama, both Newt and Rick Perry were overwhemled they were spared.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:37 pm |
  145. BENJI

    Repubaggers are stupid and racist. If this was John McCain doing it they would be happy.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  146. m

    The turkeys were reported as high ranking members of the Republican party.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:04 pm |
  147. wolfonnie

    This is funny as hell OBAMA stealing Dr Paul message Liberty & Peace Now it is official we know who message he is scared of...Being you know with that peace prize he was given for NOTHING ...and all the Liberties of the American People he has trampled on......Ron Paul 2012......

    November 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  148. Sasha

    So does that mean that Romney and Perry have been given permission to drop out and save themselves more humiliation.

    November 24, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  149. Navy Davy

    With all of these comments sounding like the indistinct utterings of a feathered bird that can't fly, I am seeing people neglecting to embrace their stability and own well being. I can infer from the simple fact of these postings that everyone is financally stable enough to afford either internet access or cable/internet bundle, or a smart phone of sorts ( I highly doubt all of you are at the library right now on Thanksgiving). With all of this bickering one would think that you are on the fringe of great economic woes, but if that were the case, you should probably make some financially responsible decisions and trim back on your budget starting with things like internet bills. So the country may be in economic shambles, but I bet it was a much scarier time in Old Plymouth where the people people of a broken society full of home had come to re establish a more logical way of living (to them at least). There is one other option; you could be at work like me, on 24 hour duty, a common staple of my life since I have been a part of the armed services. I know what there is to be thankful for and it is obvious, many people on here do not. Have people forgotten what the ideaology behind today is? I haven't

    November 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  150. JP

    Lighten up, this article was about a tradition in this country held by democrats and republicans. Not everything is about politics. I know these days are hard, but lets not forget to look on the lighter side of things.

    November 25, 2011 at 3:01 am |
  151. DonnieH.

    I thought President Obama was going to form FEMA concentration camps and put white people in them. I thought he was a "secret Muslim" who was going to sell us out to Bin Laden, killing Bin Laden and all the other top terrorists must just be a trick from an evil genius, I thought Obama was going to "take ur guns". Instead he signed a bill allowing people to carry guns in state parks. I thought he was going to institute Sharia law. I thought he was going to kill grandma and indoctrinate our kids. I thought he had the sign of the beast and was going to cause Armageddon. Exactly what nonsense have Fox and the Gop claimed that has actually come true? They have spent 3 years scaring the crap out of their followers with nonsense that has not and will not come true. The Right has sabotaged our economic recovery in the hopes of capitalizing on the misery they created and have prolonged by obstructing and filibustering this president more than any two term president in history. Before you teabaggers say "why didn't he do something when the Democrats controlled all three branches of government?" Despite what Fox news and others on the Right teach you, the Democrats did have a majority BUT not enough of a majority to override a filibuster. After Obama was elected the Communist Gop (because they really want single party rule) changed the rules where legislation no longer needed a simple majority of 51 votes to pass but a super majority. Since hitting the economic iceberg and turning it over to Obama and the Dems, all the Gop have done is complain about how much money was spent on the bucket to bail us out and rather than help bail they sit on the sidelines and complain about how long it's taking and saying it hasn't worked. The only solutions I have heard from the Gop is more tax breaks like the Bush tax cuts that they said would create jobs and pay down our deficit. You know the same thing that contributed to this economic crisis in the first place. Oh by the way, if you count the interest on the more than $10 trillion in debt handed off by Bush and the Gop and the extortion of the continuation of the Bush tax cuts, you end up with nearly $12 trillion of the $14.8 trillion debt or more than 85% of the debt that the Gop wants to blame Obama with. But hey since when have Fox followers relied on actual facts anyway.

    November 25, 2011 at 4:52 am |
  152. William

    How the heck can he pardon something that has no legal rights?

    November 25, 2011 at 5:12 am |
  153. mb2010a

    I thought he was pardoning Bush and Cheney...

    November 25, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  154. mev

    Really... this was supposed to be a light story about turkeys being pardoned. Why does everything have to be turned into a rep/dem debate when it has nothing to do with it. Bush pardoned a turkey and Obama pardoned a turkey. Let it go for one minute... Geez!

    November 25, 2011 at 7:41 am |
  155. X

    This is cool, and all but there are innocent people out there that are suffering from crimes they likely didn't commit. Using that power on dead people, and turkeys is silly to me.

    November 25, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  156. fred

    Sick, sick, sick. This just highlights the idea that we as humans are superior to animals abd have the right to kill them as we see fit. Two (spposedly) rescued, millions slaughtered. What for? Starts with M, endes in Y and one is right in the niddle.

    November 25, 2011 at 8:34 am |
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    November 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
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