It's that time of year again when the President takes time to pardon the official White House turkey. While most people find this to be a non-partisan occasion to just enjoy, there are actually members of the right-wing out there who still haven't recovered from outrage over last year's mercy most fowl, because this is Murica and of course.
It seems that last year's pardoning of "Macaroni and Cheese" was an abomination in the eyes of wingnuts everywhere because the President dared, DARED I SAY, to pardon both the chosen and backup turkeys instead of just one. (Pardon me for saying this, but really?) Just why they found this to be (probably) yet another impeachable offense is beyond me and I can't explain it here because I don't speak wingnut.
But the good folks at Public Policy Polling got to the meat and potatoes (mashed, as opposed to sweet, by 55/34) of this and other pertinent Thanksgiving issues, and the results of last year's now fouled pardon were the following:
The examples of the GOP's reflexive opposition to President Obama's agenda are many but this may be the best one yet: by a 27 point margin Republicans say they disapprove of the President's executive order last year pardoning two Thanksgiving turkeys (Macaroni and Cheese) instead of the customary one. Only 11% of Republicans support the President's executive order last year to 38% who are opposed- that's a pretty clear sign that if you put Obama's name on something GOP voters are going to oppose it pretty much no matter what. Overall there's 35/22 support for the pardon of Macaroni and Cheese thanks to 59/11 support from Democrats and 28/21 from independents.
Who knows why this is? Perhaps they saw the second turkey as something similar to an immigrant or a refugee, or perhaps it's just simply "how dare President Obama sign an executive order" over anything, which most wingnuts are pretty sure no Republican President has ever done, just ask them!
The stars of this year's festivities were "Honest and Abe," and Abe was this year's designee to fly the coop:
"I can announce that the American people have spoken, and we have two winners," he said. "Their names are Honest and Abe — I confess that Honest looks like good eating, but this is a democracy."
With daughters Malia and Sasha at his side, Obama declared that "Abe is now a free bird" and will now be designated "TOTUS — the Turkey of the United States."
Perhaps the President returned to tradition and only pardoned one "officially" due to a threatened government shutdown or something if he pardoned both, knowing our current GOP Congress.
But there you have it, just a little something to make any potential family holiday dustups you may have at your Thanksgiving table this year look tame by comparison to those who will even find fault with President Obama over every last White House tradition.
Whether you're in the camp with those who would prefer to have Hillary Clinton join you for dinner tomorrow (24 percent), or if you don't have your very own crazy uncle and/or you need someone with knife expertise to carve your less fortunate turkey and would prefer Ben Carson (18 percent), we here at Beach Peanuts wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
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