Obama pardons turkey with left-handed mock cross

In 1989, President George H.W. Bush revived the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation Ceremony at the White House, wherein the president would “pardon” a turkey from being “executed”.

The Christian Sign of the Cross is made with two gestures:

  • A top-to-down vertical stroke: “In the name of the Father”
  • Then a left-to-right horizontal stroke: “And of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen”

Out of respect for the centuries-long Christian practice, no one makes the sign with the left hand. But yesterday, accompanied by his two daughters, Obama “pardoned” the turkey by using his left hand to make a mockery of the Sign of the Cross over the bird.

Not only did Obama use his left hand, his hand gestures also were not the true Sign of the Cross. I replayed this video several times to make sure I accurately saw what he did with his left hand:

Using his left hand, Obama first made an up-down vertical stroke, then a right-to-left horizontal stroke, then another up-down vertical stroke.

In other words, instead of the Sign of the Cross

Obama made a sign of the doublecross:

It’s his “F-You” to Christians.

H/t FOTM’s Maziel and Canada Free Press.

Update (Nov. 23, 2012):

This is also the 4th straight year that Obama’s Thanksgiving message makes no mention of God. [Source: Breitbart]



26 responses to “Obama pardons turkey with left-handed mock cross

  1. I would have expected no better.


    • Nor would I, from a non-Christian such as he is. I don’t know if he’s left-handed [I think he is, so it figures!], but even if he were, tradition requires that lefties [pun unintended!] use the right hand, in any case. And because he’s a Muslim, he surely knows that the left hand is considered ‘unclean’, as it’s the one used by Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and many other Eastern faiths for toilet functions. That’s why Muslims cut off the right hand for many crimes, leaving the poor devil condemned twice over! As an Islamic, the PoS surely knows this: it’s elemental, my dear Whatsup! Ah dear God, I’m SO sick of his degenerate ass upon a throne he makes soiled!! Why can’t lightning do what happens on many golf courses: take him out when he’s away from his office [again!].


  2. To me it looks like he is mimicking a music minister thinking it’s the same thing.


  3. This is no surprise, after all, musloids are the world’s most adept double crossers. It’s a large part of the Islamopithecine Genome. Speaking of which, the POS does look like a “gnome” with that pair of ears on the sides of his head, lol.


  4. Much as I hate to say it but I don’t believe there is anything to this. I as a Protestant do not know how to make the sign if the cross or what tradition dictates in its performance. I think he is just as ignorant of the custom as I and was just making a joke. I’m the last person to defend him but I think we sometimes give him waaaay too much credit.


    • Dear Ms lillyg: When I was in Protestant churches, I believe I saw them do it in the traditional way, albeit w/o the wording as Catholics would, as I did in my youth. Perhaps it’s something left to members of the congregations you visited or attend? I sincerely don’t know, so I’m asking, as it was fifty years ago and my recall may be faulty. I had Protestant friends and occasionally I’d go w/them to their church services. I never saw holy water at those churches, which I wondered about for a long time.


    • You have a point there, lillyg. But then, out of respect for Christianity, he should find out how to make the proper Sign of the Cross. So at the very least, he has contemptuous disregard for the Sign of the Cross. Do you think he would improperly say or do anything Muslim? I don’t think so!


      • He wouldn’t dare do anything to mock muslims. Baptists don’t try to kill you.

        Btw, in evangelical, Baptist circles we do not do the sign if the cross. I think they do in Lutheran or Presbyterian churches. Some Protestants are closer to Catholic traditions and use a lot of the same customs.


  5. The POS doesn’t speak, he farts, therefore it’s all just “oral flatulence.” It sure does smell like it, lol!


  6. I guess the turkey wasn’t on his Tuesday kill list.


  7. Obama is a turkey, a “jive turkey,”


  8. Did you notice who he pardoned? It was Joey Biden! Big Birdbrain in the true to life flesh! No wonder why he did the Al E Bubba double cross!


  9. As a Catholic, I find it insulting that anyone other than clergy use the sign of the cross like BO did. It is not a matter of doing it properly or with a right hand. He should not have done it at all. The fact that he does not understand the significance of this speaks volumes. BTW, I would be upset if Bush did it too. Not a partisan issue.


    • Cat,

      You are misinformed. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

      1669 Sacramentals derive from the baptismal priesthood: every baptized person is called to be a “blessing,” and to bless. Hence lay people may preside at certain blessings; the more a blessing concerns ecclesial and sacramental life, the more is its administration reserved to the ordained ministry (bishops, priests, or deacons).

      From the website Christianity:

      All baptized persons may bless, even non-Catholics. But not all blessings may be given by all people. As a vague rule, blessings involve things and persons over which one has been granted spiritual authority by God. For this reason, parents can appropriately bless their children, persons their homes, and those with appropriate Holy Orders can bless water, which furthermore serves to consecrate it: it becomes holy water. For a lay person to attempt to give certain blessings would not be in the proper order of things.

      In other words, lay Catholics such as you and I most certainly can bless — our children, our family, our pets, ourselves. But these blessings are not the same as the formal blessings, especially sacramental blessings, by priests.

      And so, my conclusion stands: Barack Obama’s “blessing” of the turkey was offensive and a sacrilege because he couldn’t be bothered to correctly make the sign of the cross. Nor is there any evidence or record that he is a baptized Christian.


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