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President Donald Trump pardons turkey in annual White House tradition

22 November, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Turkeys in their Willard Intercontinental hotel room. Credit Whte House on Instagram

As part of a time-honored tradition, President Donald Trump pardoned his first Thanksgiving turkey this afternoon at the White House.

Some historians point to President Abraham Lincoln's decision to free a Christmas bird that his son had grown fond of as the first presidential turkey pardoning.

The president pardoned Drumstick, and his sidekick, Wishbone, during the annual Thanksgiving Presidential Pardon in the White House Rose Garden.

But the Republican president couldn't resist referring to his predecessor, who pardoned two turkeys named Tater and Tot a year ago.




MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A good presidential turkey is stuffed with showmanship.

Of course, the turkey doesn't get to stay (sorry Tad, no turkeys for pets at the White House). However, I have been informed by the White House councils office that Tater and Tot pardons can not under any circumstances be revoked'. "So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy", Trump said of last year's feathered guests. The 47 pound turkey's favorite band is Journey and has a "tall and proud" strut style, according to the White House. "He was a tough cookie". It's a cool deal for Minnesota turkey growers, and Carl Wittenburg of Alexandria, Minnesota, Chair of the National Turkey Federation, who's tasked with providing the turkeys that President Trump will pardon.

President Obama began the current tradition of pardoning two turkeys in 2009.

President George H.W. Bush brought it back in 1989.

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