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The President’s Pardon for the Thanksgiving Turkey

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

The President of the United States has the power to pardon people found guilty of crimes – to forgive the crimes, and free them from punishment. But once a year, the President issues a different kind of pardon. It goes to a U.S. resident who has committed no crimes but was meant to die – a turkey.

Every year, before Thanksgiving, one or two live turkeys are given to the White House. (In recent years, there have always been two.) At a ceremony in the Rose Garden, the President announces that these turkeys will never be killed and eaten. Then they’re sent to a farm or a park, or somewhere else they can live out their lives.

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Bush Pardons National Turkey !

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
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President George W. Bush pardoned Pumpkin, the National Thanksgiving turkey, at a Rose Garden ceremony Wednesday, November 26th