Skip to 5’45″ in the video. Just the last few seconds.
Obama: “Alright. I gotta give the special dispensation.” Then, while making the Catholic Sign of the Cross over the turkey, he says, “Here’s that pardon. Congratulations, Cobbler, you have a great life ahead of you. O.K. Give Cobbler a big round of applause! Alright, we don’t want to overdo it.”
Now, having taken note of that, I see this comment coming in on another post on Thanksgiving, but I thought it best to put it in its own post, giving it the exposure it merits:
Hello Fr. George,
I wanted to wish you a Blessed Thanksgiving and also let you know that [...]
I wonder if I am the only person who noticed, but as I watched footage of our president pardoning his annual turkeys – an event that I always find to be painful – I distinctly saw him make the sign of cross over the turkey he was pardoning. I think this got by most people. It was most insensitive, and even though it was spontaneous, there is much truth in spontaneity. I interpreted it as a gesture of contempt, and not contempt for the turkey. If this footage is available somewhere, have a look.
With blessings, Your friend, Fr. Gordon
Prayers and blessings in return, Father Gordon (about).
Yes, well, I did take a look, finding not only the video and pictures for this year, but also pictures of previous years, which demonstrate that Obama carries out this mockery specifically of the Catholic Sacrament of Confession every year. He even adds words of encouragement to the pentitent about a better, great life ahead. So, it’s even worse than you might have thought. It’s not spontaneous. It’s scripted contempt.
Of course, there are many, especially Catholics who do not go to Confession, who will think that this mock absolution is just so very extremely cute — OH! HOW CUTE! — and they will be most offended by any comment to the contrary, thinking that nay-sayers are just too serious about everything, and need to lighten up, and that we should support PETA (actually read People Eating Tasty Animals), and that we should vote for Obama for a third term, and that we should all cry as we hold candles and say softly in the evening breeze “Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can!”, and that all those meanies out there should support free abortion and infanticide for all, and that all those conservative Catholics and pro-life non-Catholics should be marginalized in society through insurance non-compliance penalties, and that — as a tantrum ensues — It’s just so cute how our wonderful Leader makes the Catholic Sign of the Cross over the Turkey! Cute! Cute! Cute! (spittle-flecks all around).
Yes, I agree, “I think this got by most people.”
And, sure, there will be some who will say that this goes back to George Bush and, in fact, to J.F.K., a Catholic!
But they are wrong. The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation does go back to J.F.K., but this had nothing to do with any pardon. He said, and I quote: “Let’s just keep him.” This was less than a week before he was assassinated. The National Turkey Federation wanted some free press and political niceness in presenting a great meal to the beloved President.
Ronald Reagan compared his presidential pardon of Oliver North (I loved watching those hearings on C-SPAN!) with his having sent a turkey out to pasture. Well, O.K.
The first George Bush started giving turkeys a scripted ”presidential pardon”, but that was a strictly political exercise, which had nothing at all to do with religion. The idea was: They’re all turkeys, but we’ll let them go anyway, whether by way of pardons, conditional pardons, commutations of sentence, conditional commutations of sentence, remissions of fines and forfeitures, respites and amnesties.
It wasn’t until Obama came along that the Catholic Sacrament of Confession entered the script, complete with theatrical actions. Obama has a penchant for attacking the freedom of religion, specifically of the Catholic Church. He says that he will permit freedom of worship as if it were his personal prerogative, but he attacks this as being no more important than a Rose Garden photo-op. He knows that his forbidding Catholics the freedom of religion, of conscience, in the public square, forcing Catholics to pay for abortions and abortifacients, for forced organ donations and euthanasia (which go hand in hand)… He knows that this also means that Catholic conscience in worship, in confession, is merely a joke, like pardoning a turkey. Sure, he’ll pardon one or two or three, like Biden or Pelosi or Sebelius, but he’ll have all the millions of other Catholics, those unpardoned enemies of the State, for dinner.
The real turkey is any Catholic who voted for Obama and his persecution of the Catholic Church.
Even if you didn’t vote for Obama, don’t be a turkey. Go to confession and get a real absolution while you can.