One might argue that pardoning a turkey on Thanksgiving is an unnecessary presidential tradition.
According to the White House Historical Association, there’s some debate over when this became a tradition, but apparently, The formalities of pardoning a turkey gelled by 1989, when George H. W. Bush, with animal rights activists picketing nearby, quipped, “Reprieve,” “keep him going,” or “pardon”: it’s all the same for the turkey, as long as he doesn’t end up on the president’s holiday table.”
Other longstanding traditions include the Easter Egg Roll (does that come with fried rice?) and annual Christmas ornaments.
In 2009, President Barack “Ain’t He Cool” Obama started his own annual tradition at this time of year: filling out ESPN’s “March Madness” bracket.
Um, that tradition will not be continued by President Trump.
The Washington Free Beacon reports, ESPN reached out to the White House, offering Trump an invitation to fill out a bracket on-camera in a segment similar to Obama’s “Baracketology,” but they recently learned that he declined, the Washington Post reported.
“We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined,” an ESPN spokesman said in a statement.
“We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future,” White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks told the Post.
Executives at ESPN understood that a new administration may not be willing to carry on the torch. ESPN’s basketball analyst Andy Katz told the The Post they had come up with the idea of a March Madness segment with Obama because he has a passion for basketball.
President Trump, on the other hand, has a passion for “making America great again.” With his plate as full as it is — and with so many working to undermine his administration — the last thing he needs to think about is basketball.
Democrats won’t even let him form his own team; no need to worry about everyone else’s.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]