Aaron in Azerbaijan

Just another blog about Azerbaijan.

Pardoning a Turkey is a Difficult Cultural Tradition to Explain

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Generally, you can explain away strange cultural artifacts by saying that they are traditions.  When the President of the United States stands in front of a turkey and bows to it, or basically does nothing, explaining it as tradition doesn’t work.  I’ve always thought that the practice of pardoning the turkey at Thanksgiving was a sort of bizaare act for the leader of the free world to be doing, but against the backdrop of an Azerbaijani holiday, and in the midst of a slew of Azerbaijani families, it is ridiculous.

My family and their friends asked me why Barack was bowing to a turkey.  I had no answer.  I don’t think it would hurt our standing in the world if we decided to put an end to pardoning the turkey.

(I couldn’t find a picture of Barack with his turkey, so the Daily Show is providing this nice shot of Bill doing his Thanksgiving duty)



Written by Aaron

November 30, 2009 at 10:54 am

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