Though President Donald Trump has one of the best stand-up acts in America, his bit, on Tuesday, about the ‘traditional’ pardoning of turkeys, was not his best. But it was mildly amusing, and what the occasion required.
Now, I’ve written about this goofy tradition before: “For a photo-op,” I explained seven years ago, the president “saves the gift bird’s life, only to have another unpublicized turkey killed and then devoured behind closed doors.”
Gruesome? Bizarre? Or all-too-symbolic?
I suggested the latter, arguing that “the fake pardon symbolizes more than Washington insiders can comprehend.
In our nation’s capital, politicians
• argue for fiscal responsibility one minute and then plunge us further into debt the next,
• demand sacrifices from the people while living high on the hog, and
• decry the influence of special interests at press conferences and then deposit their checks at the bank.
One famous turkey lives, thanks to the powerful public kindness of our potentate; another, unknown (no doubt “middle-class”) bird dies for the benefit of that same boss.
With Trump rather than Obama in office, that quip about class warfare falls a bit flat.
But our Stand-up-in-Chief was more topical:
The two turkeys, which he told us were named Bread and Butter, were raised “to remain calm under any condition,” he riffed, “which will be very important because they have already received subpoenas to appear in Adam Schiff’s basement.”
Not bad; worth a chuckle.
“It’s not the first time Trump has used the traditional turkey pardoning to make jokes about his political opponents,” USA Today informs us. But unfortunately the paper misquoted one of the president’s lesser quips.
“It seems the Democrats are accusing me of being too soft on turkeys,” USA Today tells us. But what Trump clearly says is “Turkey.” Yeah, just a pun.
Does that ‘land’?
Seems like a laid egg.
But on Thanksgiving we can pardon the president.
And even USA Today.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.