Meet the Turkeys to Receive Trump's Thanksgiving Pardon

Frederick Owens
November 21, 2017

According to the White House, it wasn't until 1989 that pardoning resurfaced as part of the celebration.

An additional two turkeys, brought in from a Pennsylvania farm, will not be so lucky, as the Trumps will donate them to the Washington, D.C. -based nonprofit Martha's Table.

On Sunday, social media gobbled up the news that the pampered fowl were staying at the swanky Willard InterContinental Hotel - where rooms can range from $200 to $700.

The White House announced the news on its Snapchat and Instagram accounts.

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

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The annual pardoning of turkeys a tradition that celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.

One of the two turkeys will be selected as the National Thanksgiving Turkey and will be pardoned by President Trump at a ceremony on Tuesday. That year, President George H.W. Bush started what has become the tradition upheld by every president since.

This is not the first time turkeys have stayed in the luxury hotel before they are pardoned by the commander in chief.

After the pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, the turkeys will join last year's honorees at Virginia Tech's "Gobbler Rest" exhibit.

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