Amy’s Life in Brief

How much money was spent on that dumb turkey today??
November 27, 2008, 3:03 am
Filed under: Presidential pardon, Thanksgiving, turkey dinner, wasteful spending | Tags: , ,

So, I just finished watching the evening news.  And they had a story about the two turkey who received presidential pardons for Thanksgiving.  I hadn’t paid much mind to this in previous years but this year it really bothered me.  Apparently the turkeys were put up in a suite at a four-star hotel in Washington, DC last night.  Then, they were driven, via limo, to the White House for the their pardon ceremony.  From there, they were flown 1st Class to LA to take part in the Disneyland Holiday Parade.  Apparently, they’ll be the grand marshals.  I’m not sure where they’re staying tonight.

So, I got to thinking…how much is this all costing?  I’m sure that the services, such as the hotel rooms and the airline tickets are “donated”.  But, if there was a dollar amount put on this, I wonder what it would all be?  How can the government be partaking in all of this, in light of the economic crisis, the health care crisis, the crisis of child poverty, etc, etc.  Why couldn’t they have picked two turkeys from a Virginia farm and then sent them to some animal sanctuary?

This just aggravates me after spending a day dealing with people who have no insurance and no money to pay for their needed medications…or rent…or food…or…or….


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I don’t know the story but it does seem quite far to go for a holiday ‘funny’. And I’d also find it vaguely insulting if I was struggling to put food on the table.

Comment by cb

I knew about the turkey tradition, but I didn’t know it was such a lavish affair. Wow.

Comment by Reas

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