Talking turkey

May 21, 2007

What do two of the subjects of my previous post, Reuters Senior Photographer Kevin Lamarque, US President George W Bush and a turkey called “Liberty” have in common? The answer, is a photograph which still makes me chuckle as I look at it on my wall five years later. 

 President George W Bush and a turkey

At an annual event in the run up to Thanksgiving, the President “pardons” a turkey but in 2001 having spared the life of the aforementioned Liberty, the ungrateful fowl repaid this magnaminous gesture with a breach of protocol. Lamarque captures the moment perfectly. The President’s eyebrows arch upwards in surprise and the smiles frozen on the faces of the helpless “turkey industry representitives” speak volumes.

In Europe news media ran the image for weeks after the event, although it was less than universally popular in the USA.

President George W Bush and another turkey

However lessons were learned and as Jason Reed’s picture of the 2006 event shows, the turkey’s liberty has been curtailed.  

Once bitten twice shy?

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