White House Thanksgiving: A history of US presidential turkey pardons

White House Thanksgiving: A history of US presidential turkey pardons
 

The Thanksgiving turkey pardoning has become an annual tradition at the White House, but Tuesday's will be Donald Trump's first.
Wishbone and Drumstick arrived in Washington DC at the weekend, and are facing-off in an online poll to see who should be pardoned by the president (although neither will be eaten).
The tradition can be traced back to President Abraham Lincoln in 1863.
Historians claim he spared a turkey's life after his son, Tad, befriended it.
But yearly pardoning only became an "official" tradition under George H W Bush when the former president spared a turkey's life... read more

 
21 November 2017 in World News, Views: 42
Source: BBC
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