White House archives show that Americans have sent presidents holiday turkeys at least since 1873 under President Ulysses S. Grant. But the National Thanksgiving Turkey dates from 1947, when the National Turkey Federation became the official supplier and presented a 47-pound gobbler to President Harry Truman. In those days the turkeys were destined for dinner.
Formal pardons began with President George H.W. Bush in 1989, though stories of spared turkeys date back to President Abraham Lincoln. President John F. Kennedy sent his 1963 turkey back to its farm. Sometime around the Nixon era the White House began sending them to petting zoos after the ceremonies, though without formal pardons.
Continuing a time-honored White House tradition, Donald Trump pardoned the national Thanksgiving turkey in a Rose Garden ceremony!
A turkey named “Drumstick” won the title of America’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Tuesday morning, the White House announced. His alternate “Wishbone” was also spared.
After the ceremony, the two will live out their lives at Virginia Tech University at a place called Gobbler’s Rest, where their predecessors Tater and Tot live.
President Trump mad a joke about his history of reversing former President Barack Obama’s executive actions, saying, “I have been informed by the White House counsel’s office that Tater and Tot’s pardons cannot be revoked.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 21, 2017
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