'That's a big bird', watch Trump pardon Thanksgiving turkey

Saul Bowman
November 22, 2017

Trump pointed out the first time the federation presented a turkey to Harry Truman, the former president declined to give the bird a pass in honor of the Thanksgiving holiday.

"However, I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons can not, under any circumstances, be revoked", Trump quipped, referring to the turkeys pardoned by former President Obama past year.

Drumstick and its alternate, Wishbone, will then reside at their new home, 'Gobbler's Rest, ' at Virginia Tech. There they will join Tater and Tot, the two turkeys pardoned previous year by President Obama. It's the 70th year that the trade group has presented the USA president with a turkey to mark the Thanksgiving holiday.

He told the crowd gathered to watch his inaugural Thanksgiving pardon Tuesday afternoon that he's learned "under no circumstances" is he allowed to revoke Obama's pardon for the turkeys from 2016.

"The argument was that the turkey had as good a right to live as any body else, and his plea was admitted and the turkey's life spared", Brooks wrote.


"As many of you know, I have been very active in turning over a number of executive actions by my predecessor".

"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 was a tough cookie".

"So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy", the President said. It faded under Presidents Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon, but George H.W. Bush brought it back in 1989.

Whether or not that's true, the first documented turkey pardon was given by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

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