President Barack Obama will pardon a plump Thanksgiving turkey this week.
Presentation of a turkey to the president is a 65 year old ritual, courtesy of the National Turkey Federation and the American Egg Board. Before the first President Bush’s decision to pardon, they’d often as not just eat the thing.
A reprieve for a fat and perhaps grateful bird is a nice gesture, even if it’s probably not what I’d do.
The same age as the turkey ceremony is 1946 Administrative Procedure Act, which governs federal rulemaking.