WASHINGTON — President Biden joked Monday at The pre-modern tradition ofThanksgiving turkey pardon That is all. “red wave” of 2022 would be the sloshing of cranberry sauce, making light of Republicans underperforming expectations in the midterm elections — even as grim stats showed the holiday feast getting even more expensive this year.
“There’s no ballot stuffing, there’s no ‘fowl’ play,” Biden said on the South Lawn, White House “The only red wave this season is going to be if our German shepherd Commander knocks over the cranberry sauce on our table.”
The president spoke only briefly — saying he didn’t want to “gobble up too much time” — before pardoning two large white-feathered turkeys named “Chocolate” “Chip.”
“Of course chocolate is my favorite ice cream,” Biden He told his guests.
Hunter, Hunter’s first son, was among those who attended. BidenThe federal investigation into Joe is focused on possible tax fraud, illegal foreign lobbying and money-laundering. House Republicans, which last week won the lower chamber by a hair of their own, are vowing that they will investigate Joe Biden’s role in Hunter and first brother James Biden’s overseas consulting businesses.
According to North Carolina farmer, the bird-raising operation was successful. Biden His company raised 9.5 million turkeys last year. This prompted the president to declare, “God love you, 9.5 million turkeys. I tell you what, that’s like some of the countries I’ve been to.”
Biden The event was concluded with the serious words: “We can’t forget the reason for Thanksgiving in the first place. The Pilgrims thought was pretty important in tough times to come together and thank God, to be grateful for what we have. That’s what the Thanksgiving tradition is all about.”
Biden spoke as inflation remained at its highest sustained rate since the early 1980s — nudging lower to a 7.7% annual increase in consumer prices in October, down from a peak of 9.1% in June.
Ron Klain, White House Chief Of Staff, put a positive spin on economic woes by writing in Monday morning tweet, “As you hit the road for Thanksgiving, some good news: gas prices are falling in most parts of the country, sharply. — 1 in 10 pumps are below $2.89 — Several states down from Thanksgiving 2021 — Most common price is $3.29.”
Klain did not mention that current gas prices are at an average of $1.50 per gallon at $3.66 as of Monday, according to AAA — more than 25 cents higher than last year at This time.
Meanwhile, Thanksgiving The Farm Bureau predicts that food prices will rise substantially in the future. The average cost to prepare a holiday meal for 10 people is more than $64 this year, the bureau said — up $10.74In the last year, it was 20%.
Biden again faced requests for him to grant clemency to human beings in conjunction with the meat-industry-sponsored turkey pardon.
“The turkeys that President Biden will pardon have names. So do the thousands of cannabis prisoners stuck in both federal and state jails,” Nikolas Schiller, a well-known marijuana activist who marched against the White House to protest last month to promote pot, says: Biden To honor his campaign promise to release approximately 2,700 federal marijuana prisoners.
“Pardoning turkeys instead of humans is offensive,” RachelRamone Donlan is another cannabis activist. a statement DC Marijuana Justice released the following. “There are thousands of human beings locked inside of cages, some serving life sentences for what is now legal, and it’s time for them to come home.”
Biden in October issued one of the largest mass pardons in US history to the roughly 6,500 people convicted federally of simple marijuana possession, as well as unknown thousands more convicted of simple possession under local DC law — but the blanket clemency freed nobody from prison.
Federal cannabis prisoners, who are usually in prison for the distribution of the drug, told The Post that they were shocked to learn that Biden They were not allowed to participate in the mass clemency even though they had promised to hold a Democratic primary debate for free in 2019. “everyone” Prison for pot possession, but not for low-level possession.
“Try to imagine sitting in a cell for a cannabis conviction during the holidays and having to watch the turkey tradition on television while you age out in a prison cell missing the birth of a grandchild,” Amy Povah is the founder of CAN-DO Foundation.
Clemency advocates have championed the following inmates: Pedro Moreno, 62, who was sentenced to life without parole in prison for distributing marijuana imported from Mexico from 1986 to 1996. Another inmate Luke Scarmazzo42-year-old Veronica has completed 14 years of a 22 year sentence for operating a California dispensary.
Last year, Biden The question about people being free for the holiday was laughable.
“Will you be pardoning any people in addition to turkeys?” The Post asked Biden as he returned to the White House after receiving a physical and colonoscopy at Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington.
Biden Pointed at The reporter laughed and said, “Are you — you need a pardon?” And in answer to a follow up question asking if he would give pot inmates a free ride, Biden said, “just turkeys.”
This year’s turkey pardon occurred on the large South Lawn — rather than the more intimate Rose Garden — and featured visiting school children and North Carolina officials. First dog Commander eyed the turkeys from the Truman Balcony but reporters were able to see almost nothing due to poor advance planning in the latest press-access dustup — prompting some reporters to leave early to cover the remarks from their desks.