Palin pardons turkey; others slaughtered behind her in video

Saturday, November 22, 2008
Robert DeBerry ~ The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin pardons a Thanksgiving turkey held by Anthony Schmidt, owner of Triple D Farm and Hatchery in Wasilla, Alaska, on Thursday.

WASILLA, Alaska -- Gov. Sarah Palin has granted the traditional Thanksgiving pardon to one lucky turkey, but the video that shocked some viewers captured what was happening in the background.

As she answered questions Thursday at Triple D Farm and Hatchery outside Wasilla cameras from the Anchorage Daily News and others showed the bloody work of an employee slaughtering birds behind the former Republican vice presidential candidate.

On the video, Palin didn't comment about the slaughter as she answered questions, saying she's thankful that her son's Stryker brigade is relatively safe in Iraq and the rest of her family is healthy and happy. She said she's glad to be back in Alaska.

"This was neat," she said of the outing, adding that it was nice "to just participate in something that isn't so heavy-handed politics that it invites criticism. Certainly we'll probably invite criticism for even doing this, too, but at least this was fun."

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