Saturday, August 8, 2009

Woodrow Wilson's Turkey Fight

From the Washington Post, Nov 23, 1920:

"President's Turkeys Battle: Kentucky Bird Defeats Texan In White House Grounds Fight."

The White House grounds were the scene yesterday of a spirited battle between the turkey gobblers sent President Wilson for Thanksgiving by South Trimble, of Kentucky, and the chamber of commerce of Cuero, Tex.

The turkeys were released from their crates, and Texas leaped upon Kentucky, but in the fighting the turkey from Kentucky emerged victorious, although not unscathed. Then with bloody comb and bedraggled feathers it engaged in a strut of pride over its victorious battle.

Government-sponsored animal fights on the White House lawn?? Where was PETA when we needed them? Times were different then indeed. The article doesn't specify what became of the winner, but I'm sure he was eaten just like the loser.

Such behavior from Woodrow Wilson doesn't surprise me, though. Wilson was a sociopath, and openly and unapologetically a white supremacist, and his public endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan was quoted in Kentuckian D.W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation.


Anonymous said...

I always knew Kentuckians could take Texans.

Tree said...

your comments moved me to read up more on wilson and wow, he really was a tyrant. no wonder Bush Jr. idolized him.

Anonymous said...

Wilson was a bad President but Harding was even scarier.