Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Drumstick and Wishbone

Turkeys stay at Washington, DC hotel ahead of Presidential pardon White House turkeys are 'Drumstick' and 'Wishbone'
Erik Tate | 22 November, 2017, 00:54

Drumstick will be presented to U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, when he will ceremoniously "pardon" the turkey.

Per a weird White House tradition, which was made an official event in 1989 under George H.W. Bush, the president, joined by the first lady, will grant these two turkeys clemency in the Rose Garden, before taking off for Florida to celebrate the holiday.

This year's turkeys are the delightfully-named Drumstick and Wishbone (only Drumstick was officially pardoned but both get spared the dinner table).

The Republican president couldn't resist referring to his predecessor, former Democratic President Barack Obama, who pardoned two turkeys named Tater and Tot past year.

"It was 70 years ago that the National Turkey Federation first presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey to President Harry Truman-who, I might add, did not grant the pardon".

Trump was headed to his Florida estate later Tuesday for Thanksgiving.

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One pardonee, referred to as "Drumstick" by the White House, is a heavy-set, white male with a wingspan of about five feet.

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

"I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons can not under any circumstances be revoked", he joked. "He refused; he was a tough cookie".

Mr Trump praised the turkey he was pardoning, Drumstick, as a "big bird" and played up its hopes for the years to come. "Tater and Tot, you can rest easy".

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

Gone were the groan-inducing dad jokes and lighthearted fun of Obama's turkey pardons.

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