Supreme Master Ching Hai’s Thank You Letter to President Obama for His Merciful Act


Turkey Pardon at the White House

By USA News Group (Originally in English)

Partaking in an annual tradition, the newly re-elected U.S. President Mr. Barack Obama pardoned two turkeys in the White House Rose Garden on the day before the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday. The public was given the chance to choose between two birds named Cobbler and Gobbler via Facebook for the 65th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. While Cobbler was chosen, the President decided to spare Gobbler as well.

Joined by his daughters Sasha and Malia, President Obama announced, “They say that life is all about second chances. And this November, I could not agree more. So in the spirit of the season, I have one more gift to give, and it goes to a pair of turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler. The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward.” Cobbler and Gobbler grew up on the same farm and will happily live out their lives at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Garden in Virginia, USA.

The practice of unofficial presidential turkey pardoning is reported to date back to the days of President Abraham Lincoln, with Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and others also sparing the lives of turkeys in the ensuing years. However, the first official Thanksgiving pardon was given to a turkey by President George H.W. Bush in 1989.

Commending this merciful act as well as his efforts to bring peace to Gaza and comfort those in the eastern US affected by Hurricane Sandy, Supreme Master Ching Hai wrote the following letter to President Obama on November 22, 2012.