WASTE WATCH: Presidential Turkey Pardon Goes High Tech
Updated: Tuesday, November 26 2013, 10:00 PM CST
Stream Fox 17 newscasts LIVE starting with Fox 17 This Morning at 5 am and News at 9 pm.NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Every Thanksgiving, the President chooses one turkey to pardon. Tonight President Obama is letting you influence the decision by voting online. Some say it's a waste of time and resources that could be spent solving real problems. Some see the Thanksgiving Turkey Election as a new take on an old tradition. Where some see fun and games, others see waste. It's a fight for survival. In one corner, weighing in at 38lbs. 4oz., is Caramel. In the other corner, at 37lbs. 6oz., is Popcorn. You can hear their actual gobbles on the White House website, which says both of the turkeys will survive Thanksgiving. Only if the American people decide which bird takes the title of the National Thanksgiving Turkey.
6 year old Max supports the poultry pardon. The online turkey tussle shows everyone in America both birds' height and weight, their favorite food, even their favorite song. Caramel likes Lady Gaga, while Popcorn is more of a Beyonce man. The idea is to pick your favorite and vote on Facebook and Twitter, hash tagging the name of your prized pugilist.
Not everyone agrees. Ernest Neiderman says instead, why not focus on fixing Healthcare.gov? The site where the uninsured were supposed to be able to sign up for coverage, but instead ran into government glitches. It's unclear exactly how much time or tax dollars went into setting up and maintaining the turkey website. Some say there are definitely bigger fish to fry.
A White House spokesperson tells us the website was funded through existing resources, so no additional expenses came into play. Still, some say it's the time spent on it that could have been used elsewhere. The President is expected to announce which turkey won the contest tomorrow afternoon.
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