Above: From the 2013 "Choose your favorite bird" National Thanksgiving campaign
Not only is it impossible for a president to look sharp standing next to the ugliest of all fowl. It's also a bizarrely illogical game being played.
Because if it's a good thing that one turkey is spared the basted death of the Thanksgiving dinner, then shouldn't the president be sparing all turkeys everywhere?
Conversely, if it doesn't matter that turkeys are forced to be food, then why is the president spending any time at all on a matter that doesn't matter? Either way, it's mangling what could actually be an interesting debate about the matter and morals of eating meat.
Fortunately (and with excellent timing), we at Intelligence Squared U.S. have come up with a way to tackle this issue next week, when we put four smart people on a stage to take a serious whack at this motion:
Resolved. Don't Eat Anything With A Face.
As always, we have four great debaters, including a farmer, a vegan, a former vegan and a doctor. It'll be a lot to chew on! (Ugh.) And we're not just talking turkey! (Ugh.) No, really, spare me! (Ugh.) See you on December 4th.
John Donvan, Moderator
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MY EXPERIENCE WITH VEGETARIANISM
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