Each year, the president of the United States pardons a turkey, who is then able to live out it’s life on a farm without fear of death and dismemberment. The tradition dates back to the 1940s and was continued by President John F. Kennedy, though he was never accused of being soft on crime with the pardons. It was President Bill Clinton, who, in 1999, was the first president to formally document the full pardon process for a turkey. It was then “Harry the Turkey” was given an official name.
Despite the famous scene in Aaron Sorkin’s television show “The West Wing,” in which the press secretary must pick which is the turkey to pardon, both turkeys are typically brought to Washington and are saved.
— Rich Visotcky (@RichVisotcky) November 20, 2017
In Monday’s Seth Meyers opening monologue, the “Late Night” host joked that Trump would be pardoning the two turkeys “that lied about Russia under oath.”
In actual fact, Wishbone, a 47 pounds turkey, and Drumstick, a 36 pounds turkey, will score the presidential pardon this year.
In other news, sources told The Washington Post that special counsel Robert Muller “is working through the White House staff like a game of PacMan,” Meyers said. “Which should be concerning to Inky and Blinky.” Meyers then flashed a photo of Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric.
Meanwhile, the famous Macy’s Santa Claus will require children to make an appointment to have their photo taken with him to prevent lines. Meyers noted that there’s no waiting, however, for children to sit on Roy Moore’s lap.
Meyers also noted that Nov. 20 was former Vice President Joe Biden’s birthday, which was “why you couldn’t get a seat at Medieval Times.”
Watch his hilarious opener below: