President Obama Pardons Turkeys and Reminds Americans About Hurricane Sandy Victims
It's that time of the year again.
The leaves are changing colors and falling to the ground. The temperatures are considerably lower, and we see hints of the Winter months to come.
We also see American presidents petting turkeys.
President Barack Obama pardoned two turkeys in an annual Thanksgiving rite on Wednesday, saying he wanted to offer the birds a second chance.
"They say life is full of second chances, and this November I couldn't agree more with that sentiment," Obama said, humorously referencing his re-election this month to a second term.
Cobbler, the newly designated national turkey, and his alternate, Gobbler, were given a reprieve.
"The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward!" Obama said in a reference to his campaign slogan of "Forward."
LOL! Slick Mr. President, but you don't ned to rub it in that you won. We all know you're our President for another four years.
Now, back to the turkeys. Obama noted that Cobbler and Gobbler were chosen by the American people, who voted on the White House Facebook page
. It's the first time the American public decided which of two birds would become the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey.
Obama's daughters Sasha and Malia were present, as he waved his hand over Cobbler in what seemed to be a religious "dispensation." Then, Obama and Sasha petted the turkey.
"Congratulations, Cobbler. You're going to have a great life," Obama said.
The four-month-old, 40-pound turkeys, from Rockingham County, Virginia, will live at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate.
Although everyone was enjoying laughter, Obama took a moment to remind Americans about the relief efforts taking place in New York and New Jersey. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, residents of the two states lost possessions, homes and loved ones.
"While I’ve seen entire neighborhoods reduced to rubble, and heartbreaking loss and devastation, I have yet to find a broken spirit."
I like the President's positive spin to his initially sad reminder. You can help lift the region's spirits as well, by contributing to relief efforts this Thanksgiving weekend.
The Red Cross has received the most funding of all the helpful charity organizations during this difficult time, and they're certainly not rejecting any new donations.
If you wish to donate to the Red Cross online, go to redcross.org. You can also mail a check to: the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013. To donate by phone, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or give up to $10 by texting the word "REDCROSS" to 90999.
Mike "The Situation" & the Sorrentino family , Sitch News and the entire team at MPS Entertainment would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
via Associated Press