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

Jerome Frank
November 22, 2017

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the lighthearted event.

"As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor", Mr Trump quipped. "So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy", Trump said of last year's feathered guests.

With First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron at his side, Trump offered a pardon to Drumstick and his pal Wishbone just after 1 p.m.

The presidential turkey pardon is supposed to be one of those light and fun moments for a president, but since Donald Trump can't be trusted to talk without a script, the White House had to write it all down and put the speech on a giant teleprompter for Trump to read.

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Trump was headed to his Florida estate later Tuesday for Thanksgiving. "Drumstick has a very, very bright future ahead of him".

"Wow, big bird", the President said as he approached the 36-pound turkey, petting it several times.

Not all those birds were as lucky as Wishbone and Drumstick, whose names were selected by a White House social media poll. "He refused. He was a tough cookie", Trump said. 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. Instead they're sent away to live on a farm or petting zoo, blissfully unaware of their good luck.

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

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