Monday 26 August 2019

Donald spares Dustin from Thanksgiving chop

US Charge d’Affaires Reece Smyth pardons Dustin the Turkey at a Thanksgiving reception at
the US ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Gerry Mooney
US Charge d’Affaires Reece Smyth pardons Dustin the Turkey at a Thanksgiving reception at the US ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Allison Bray

Donald Trump issued a last minute reprieve for Ireland's favourite bird last night.

Dustin the Turkey was granted a pardon from the chopping block at a reception at the American ambassador's residence as Americans prepare for their annual Thanksgiving celebrations tomorrow.

In keeping with tradition in which the president 'pardons' a turkey from slaughter for the annual harvest feast, Chargé d'Affaires Reece Smyth announced the foul-mouthed puppet would be spared the chop.

Dressed in a silver lamé bomber jacket adorned with red and blue stars, Dustin spoke of his relief in not winding up on the dinner table.

"It's a dangerous time for us," he said.

But it didn't take him long to get back to his wise-cracking ways, noting one speaker "was so dull he could have been Canadian".

Irish Independent

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