November 25th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #675 'Happy turkey day'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The president is enjoying the holiday and so am I. In my case, by pursuing my continually thankless task of writing a letter a day to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

In the days leading up to Thanksgiving every year, and especially on turkey day itself, I like to run around my house and office with a turkey call in my pocket. Periodically, when no one is expecting it, I pop it in my mouth and give a few quick gobbles, then I dash into the room and cry, “I just heard a turkey! Did anyone see it?”

I find this endlessly amusing and I’ve augmented it this year by sending text messages with a photo of a turkey and a sound file of the gobble. Whether my friends and family find this as much fun as I do, I can’t say, but I certainly hope so.

By the time you read this, our entire family will likely have completed our annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot; a six mile run through Bethesda. I’ll probably carry my turkey call along on that run, too. Last year it was pretty chilly, and I think it was the year before that it was just plain cold. This year it’s going to be relatively cold, but with the added bonus of rain. Ha! So that will be some fun.

Seems like communities everywhere have these Turkey Trots these days, which, considering our propensity to overindulge, is probably a good thing.

Funny thing is I was reading a website from the University of Illinois and apparently the Turkey Trot once was considered a very good thing. It was actually a type of dance after the turn of the century and, as dances are prone to do, it troubled conservatives so much with all the jumping, bumping and bobbing involved, that there was a call to have it outlawed. The effort did not last long, and apparently neither did the Turkey Trot. The U of I says it was soon chased from the dance floor by the more popular Fox Trot.

Still, it’s an interesting bit of history I had never heard before.

So whether you run or dance the day away, I hope you enjoy a good meal, good company, and a good bit for which to be thankful. Truth be told, even in hard times, most of us in this country do…

And hey, are you going to catch the big game? (Of course I mean the one at 4:15 Eastern) No slight to our friends in Dallas, but go Saints!


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Kim

    No kissing at the White House and Obama got 12 stitches in his lip playing basketball.Hang in there Mrs. Obama !Happy Thanksgiving ! Poor o'l Obama and he's got an ice pack on his lip.Take a lickin keep on tickin ! Ha,ya gotta laugh !

    November 26, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  2. Chi

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    November 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  3. barbara johnston

    What a way to start the day! That was great! Thank you

    November 25, 2010 at 9:23 am |
  4. Nina

    Who dat, indeed! Happy turkey day, and thanks Pilgrims!

    November 25, 2010 at 9:15 am |