North America: The Presidential Turkey Pardon

President Obama Pardons a Lucky Turkey Photo © Alex Wong/Getty Images

The presidential pardoning of one lucky turkey is a fairly modern practice.  Although Abraham Lincoln could get  unofficial credit according to some historians.  Supposedly, their family had a pet turkey that Lincoln’s son viewed as a pet and asked to be spared.

President John F. Kennedy spontaneously spared a turkey on Nov. 19, 1963, just days before his assassination, but did not grant a “pardon.” The bird was wearing a sign reading, “Good Eatin’ Mr. President.” Kennedy responded, “Let’s just keep him.”

In 1989, George H.W. Bush became the first president to pardon a turkey. Before then, turkeys were presented to the president and consumed by the president.

The concept of a turkey pardoning was first mentioned by president Regan as a joke, but H.W. Bush made it all possible with the following words: “This fine Tom turkey, has been granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”

Obama Super Bowl Party 2011 Party Menu: White House sports bar

President Obama and First Lady Michelle served sports bar food at their Super Bowl Party on Sunday, entertaining about 150 guests at the White House, including pals from Chicago, Congress, the Cabinet plus Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

Mrs. Obama plans a string of events this week to mark the first anniversary of her “Let’s Move” anti obesity campaign. But the White House Super Bowl menu does not conflict with her healthy eating drive because she has always allowed for lapses when it comes to food-we-love-but-is-bad-for-us, with instructions that junky eats be consumed rarely and in moderation. READ MORE

Switzerland’s Peace Foods

In honor of President Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, MCCN thought we would thought we do something sweet and shed the light on peace…Peace Foods

Peace Foods is Switzerland’s only retail and wholesale bakery dedicated to producing and distributing, high quality, all natural American Style baked goods and desserts for Classic and Special-Dietary requirement food lovers. Peace Foods products contain no preservatives, and no additives, and by using a process called Flash Freezing, Peace Foods is able conserve fresh baked goods and ship them throughout Switzerland, next day DHL door-to-door, without compromising on the taste or flavor of the product.

 

Peace Foods for a Cause

Peace Foods supports a more peaceful world by donating a percentage of all sales to organizations that support peace. This year, we are working with Kiva.org in providing financing for microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. With person-to-person lending, we are helping to shatter the poverty penalty, and take part in creating a more peaceful world, one bite at a time