People are Comparing Trump’s Turkey Pardoning to Obama’s and It’s Not Very Flattering to Trump
Donald Trump has been compared to Barack Obama once again after his Thanksgiving turkey pardon, littered with references to his ongoing impeachment hearings, seemed to lack the warmth and wit of his predecessor.
The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation takes place at the White House every year and sees a turkey “pardoned” and therefore spared death ahead of Thanksgiving.
Never one to miss an opportunity Trump used the traditional ceremony to address the assembled media and lash out his critics, saying, “It seems the democrats are accusing me of being too soft on turkey but, Bread and Butter, I should note that, unlike previous witnesses, you and I have actually met… It’s very unusual.”
He went on to say, “In any event, I expect this pardon will be a very popular one with the media. After all, turkeys are closely related to vultures.”
In a baffling breaking of the fourth wall, the President added, “I don’t know if I like that line but there is a little truth to it.”
How do you ruin the pardoning of a Turkey? Attempt to make jokes about your impeachment and compare the media to vultures pic.twitter.com/X0tfYW5O2B
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) November 26, 2019
The subject of pardons and Trump’s current impeachment predicaments weren’t lost on social media users:
Here's wondering if the impeachment will pardon the other Turkey
— mrlobby (@mrlobby) November 27, 2019
BREAKING: President Trump refuses to pardon the White House turkey until it agrees to dig up dirt on the Bidens. #Turkeypardon
— Ella Geller (@ellageller) November 26, 2019
Trumps under fire for requesting turkey to investigate Biden in exchange for the pardon.
— IvanPingtin (@IPingtin) November 27, 2019
And people couldn’t help but be reminded of how previous president Barack Obama delivered his own “turkey pardons.”
— Sundar Ramakrishnan (@radnus0) November 23, 2018
This was probably my favorite scene in 8 years of turkey pardons…when Obama told his dad jokes and daughter Sasha started laughing.
— Trigger News (@thetriggerHQ) November 26, 2015
You can see the true love that Obama has for his daughters….it’s so refreshing. Trump didn’t even bring Barron to yesterday’s pardoning, even though he was in the White House because he was later seen leaving the WH for Florida.
President Donald Trump, first lady Melania and son Barron depart the White House, Tuesday, November 26, as they travel to Mar-a-Lago to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday. (AP) pic.twitter.com/2ELMWxxODd
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) November 26, 2019
The best part, though, is that the turkeys actually get put up in a hotel, although are we taxpayers paying for that?
Americans want to see POTUS carve up the turkey.
— Now Media News (@NowMediaScott) November 25, 2019
Others on Twitter enjoyed reminiscing back to the Obama years when everything just seemed…better:
I had to look up an old turkey-pardoning speech by President Obama just to get a bearing on what a normal speech sounds like–I've become too used to Trump's very simple, halting language; check it out: https://t.co/2e6rkEyZmg
— Silphium terebinthinaceum (@SilphiumT) November 26, 2019
— Kirin Arnold (@KirinArnold) November 26, 2019
as trump preps to botch another turkey pardon, highlight reel of president obama's horrific turkey jokes https://t.co/kp6FCIDQwZ
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 26, 2019