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White House video team readies Thanksgiving turkey-pardoning spoof

By Garance Franke-Ruta
White House aides prepping for Wednesday's annual turkey pardoning released a humorous video preview in advance of the goofy ceremony, which is among the silliest rituals in which the president participates.

Shot from the perspective of the pardoned turkey and featuring a voice-over by White House assistant press secretary Ben LaBolt, the film by White House videographer Arun Chaudhary features background music from the classic Western "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" -- with occasional turkey gobble sounds added at key moments.

A new classic -- of a sort.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  November 24, 2009; 7:23 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Video Report , Washington Life , White House  
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How much are all of the Holiday festivities costing taxpayers? Who's watching our backside as Obama and friends enjoy a luxurious life on our dollar, while many of us don't have enough money left to pay bills.
Please, someone give us a dollar figure on Obama's website, his many trips during 2009, vacations, jet, his TV classics etc... Don't forget to include his major reforms or bills for 2009 - stimulus, HAMP, Cash for Clunkers and extra money for his czars and friends.
Once we get that answer, I think it will become apparent that this man really doesn't care much about America or Americans

Posted by: annie21 | November 25, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

What did the turkey do to warrant pardoning? The implication is that turkies are killed because of what they did. The ceremony is hypocritical and Obama should be more thoughtful and end the traditional ceremony.

Posted by: Gator-ron | November 24, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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