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

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

The two turkeys this year: Drumstick and Wishbone. As Americans we accept this as normal, but how did it start?

Gone were the groan-inducing dad jokes and lighthearted fun of Obama's turkey pardons. He said, "Let's keep him going", and it was actually The Washington Post that used the term "pardon".

President Donald Trump will be giving two pardons on Tuesday - and this time it won't involve a controversial figure like former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Yes, this White House tradition happened again.

One of the more surreal yet presumably easier official duties of the President of the United States is the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon.

Of course, the turkey doesn't get to stay (sorry Tad, no turkeys for pets at the White House).

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Tater and Tot were the turkeys pardoned by President Obama previous year.

President Harry Truman was the first to be given birds by the National Turkey Federation, the same organization that presented President Trump with Wishbone and Drumstick - but Truman likely dined on his.

"As many of you know", Trump said, "I have been very active in overturning some of my predecessors executive actions", but, Trump added that the White House counsel had informed him that "Tater and Tot's pardons can not under any circumstances be revoked".

"Oh, Drumstick, I think, is going to be very happy", said Trump, not brooding on the topic for long.

"36 pounds! Are you ready, Drumstick?" he remarked, before asking if he could touch the bird.

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