A tradition -- the president pardoning turkeys from certain death just before Thanksgiving -- has come in for an unusual amount of criticism this year. A Slate.com writer suggests President Obama pardon real people instead of (or in addition to) turkeys. The writer reports that the president has pardoned about 1 in every 290 people who have applied -- far fewer than his four predecessors. Others have pointed out that turkeys bred for the table don’t last long anyway. Is this a cute tradition, or a cruel joke?
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