Politics needs more events like the presidential turkey pardon

By Teddy Murphey

President Joe Biden pardoned two turkeys this Thanksgiving. To add to the absurdity, their names were peanut butter and jelly.

But events like this give us a breath of fresh air in an otherwise tense – and often hostile – political environment.

Politics are seldom fun or enjoyable. A survey from the Pew Research Center found both Republicans and Democrats to be stressed out from simply talking to people with opposing views. However, when a POTUS answers a serious question with his favorite ice cream flavor or lets a random kid mow the White House lawn, we all can stop and appreciate the silliness.

These moments are rare and unpredictable, but the scheduling of funny moments – as in the case of the annual pardoning – can ensure we will experience and appreciate them. In fact, the joy of seeing these events take place may just make politics a more inviting and less intimidating sphere to be a part of.

Teddy Murphey was a student in Campaigns, Candidates and Current Elections, an honors course at St. Bonaventure University.

Categories: Jandoli Institute, Politics

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