Washington, D.C. - Immediately before issuing the customary seasonal Presidential pardon to this year's White House turkey in the Rose Garden before a wall of flashing lights of the press pool, Bush just walked out of the West Wing where he issued the first seasonal presidential pardon to "Scooter" Libby in a private ceremony.
Both men were visibly nervous by the awkward encounter and so Bush rushed through the ceremony rather quickly before preceding onto the Rose Garden.
Scooter had begun to worry that Bush had forgotten all about him and that he would have to serve out his sentience in federal prison this year after all if he did not appear before the federal judge with the signed document at the courthouse by this afternoon.
However, somewhere in the rush Bush mixed up the pardons and gave Scooter's pardon to Tom Turkey and Tom Turkey's pardon to Scooter.
The mistake went unnoticed by all until it was presented at the courthouse this afternoon to the federal judge who presided over Scooter's trial and conviction.
The judge was about to reinstate the sentence commuted by the Presidential pardon when a White House official rushed into court with the correct Presidential pardon in hand.
Scooter was immediately remanded over to his own recognizance. Unfortunately, the same could not be said of Tom Turkey. Not having his Presidential pardon at the time of his appointed release, he was beheaded.
At last word, the White House cooking staff was preparing him for the official Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.
"Well, I guess that's the closest we'll ever get to seeing anyone lose their head in this administration," commented the federal judge on word of the news of the demise of the White House bird.