I will carefully avoid the easiest of low brow joke temptations about that opening line. That being said, this morning as I was merrily sweating my tail off walking up steps but somehow staying in the exact same place I was watching CNN and the President's big moment where he pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys.
Now, I know (or at least I believe) that this type of thing is likely a long standing tradition of fun at the White House. President Bush seemed to genuinely enjoy it (as did the group of small children who were in the first few rows looking on).
But seriously, if every second is an opportunity cost at some level isn't that a really expensive and sort of worthless use of our Commander In Chief's time? Could he maybe have delegated that to someone?
I'm not sure if I would have wanted Dick Cheney to be out there doing it. Who knows he may have run to his car, grabbed his shotgun and shot a lawyer or a member of the press corp to relive some fond memories.
I also think it's all just part of the grand conspiracy to keep our eyes off of the REAL problem that we just are not putting sufficient funds into research to enable turkeys to fly.