From The Washington Post:
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin visited a turkey farm in her home town of Wasilla yesterday to grant the traditional Thanksgiving pardon to one turkey. But as the former Republican vice presidential hopeful took questions from reporters, a farm worker was seen slaughtering other turkeys and feeding the birds into a grinder.
Video by KTUU-TV of the governor and the bloody work over her shoulder became an overnight YouTube hit. Holding a cup of coffee, Palin said of the outing at Triple D Farms, “Oh, this was neat.”
“I was happy to get to be invited to participate in this,” Palin continued. “For one, you need a little bit of levity in this job, especially with so much that has gone on in the last couple of months that has been so political obviously that it’s nice to get out and do something to promote local business and to just participate in something that isn’t so heavy-handed politics that it invites criticism. Certainly we’ll probably invite criticism for even doing this, too, but at least this was fun.”
From USA Today:
Aides to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, should do a better job picking the locations for her on-camera interviews. While the GOP vice presidential nominee talked politics after pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving, the camera caught workers slaughtering turkeys in the background.
For what it’s worth, President Bush is set to pardon a turkey of his own next week. We don’t expect to see any blood and guts during that event.
Nah, Chimpy only enjoys slaughtering people, and he doesn’t allow cameras!
From Pine Magazine:
Just as it seemed McCain didn’t give much thought to his choice of a running mate in the recent presidential election, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might not have fully considered her choice of a press conference location.
After pardoning a 30-pound turkey named Tom, Palin held a press conference discussing some of her plans for the future. Unfortunately, none of the turkeys behind her had a future. While Tom escaped certain death, at least two birds were slaughtered by a smiling executioner who couldn’t keep his eyes off the camera.