Every year the president of the United States chooses one turkey to be pardoned on Thanksgiving.
The pardoned turkey ends up not being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner and lives a peaceful life on a turkey farm. Those not so fortunate end up being served with gravy and cranberry sauce.
This year, the pardoned turkey will be chosen by the people. The White House has set up a Facebook competition to decide which turkey will be spared under the munificence of president Obama.
The competition is between two fowls, Cobbler and Gobbler. According to the White House, Cobbler likes Carly Simon and Gobbler likes any music with a fiddle. Both are reported to hate the fact they are incapable of flight.
Polls for the turkey election close at 8pm EST on 20 November. As in most US elections, votes in Florida will count more and Ohio is considered the key to the election.
Tradition usually dictates that only one Turkey shall remain. However, the White House says that even the losing turkey will be spared this year. According to presidential staffers, both turkeys will be spared of the traditional sacrifice but only the winner will be granted face time with the president.
21 Nov 2012