For his 67th birthday, Clinton gets a 'hen' --- really

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Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets,Bill Clinton

President Clinton is getting a strutting hen for his 67th birthday, a feathered one that is.

PETA says that they have sponsored a hen for Bubba as a thank-you present for turning vegan after years of feasting on T-bones at Doe's Eat Place in Little Rock and McDonalds burgers nationwide.

The bird, named Ellen, was rescued from an egg factory and is now free-ranging at the Kindred Spirits Sancutary in Florida.

"Since he became an outspoken vegan three years ago, Bill Clinton has saved his own health and the lives of countless hens like Ellen," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said. "PETA named him our Person of the Year in 2010 for his commitment to spreading the word about the health benefits of vegan meals, and we'll enjoy celebrating his birthday for many more years to come."

A legendary eater, Clinton said he made the change after recent heart surgery. He also said that he wanted to live long enough to be a grandfather.

PETA said that studies show that vegans are less prone to heart disease and obesity, among other issues. Plus, they added, egg farms are cruel to chickens.

PETA isn't alone in celebrating the former president's birthday. The Democratic National Committee also urged supporters to go online and sign their card to Clinton, who turns 67 Monday.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.