Presidents Pardoning Turkeys

President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President Barack Obama (2nd R) pardons the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey "Popcorn" with is daughters Sasha (3rd R) and Malia (R) during an event at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2013. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President Barack Obama (2nd R) pardons the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey "Popcorn" with is daughters Sasha (3rd R) and Malia (R) during an event at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2013. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President Barack Obama (C) waves after pardoning the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey "Popcorn" with is daughters Sasha (2nd R) and Malia (R) and Chairman of the National Turkey Federation John Burkel (L) during an event at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2013.(Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: At two feet tall and about 38 pounds, two full-grown Broad Breasted White domesticated turkeys are paraded before members of the news media in the Crystal Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental November 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The birds were raised by the National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, and one of the turkeys will be pardoned Wednesday by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President Barack Obama laughs with his daughters Sasha (C) and Malia in the Rose Garden of the White House during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21, 2012 in Washington, DC, with the turkey Cobbler. Obama pardoned turkeys Cobbler and Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. The turkeys were raised by Craig and Nancy Miller in Rockingham County, Virginia. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President Barack Obama gestures during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon with his daughters Sasha (2nd R) and Malia (R) on November 21 , 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. Obama pardoned Cobbler and its alternate Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkey will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: U.S. President Barack Obama is flanked by his daughters Sasha (L),Malia (R), after he pardoned a turkey named 'Liberty' during an event to pardon the 19-week old, 45-pound turkey at the North Portico of the White House November 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: Sasha Obama pets a turkey named 'Liberty' after her father, U.S. President Barack Obama pardoned it at the White House November 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President Barack Obama's daughter Malia (2nd R) gets startled as she approaches a turkey named Courage alongside her sister Sasha (3rd R), Obama (R) and National Turkey Federation Chairman Walter Pelletier (2nd L) during the annual turkey pardoning ceremony for Thanksgiving on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2009. After the ceremony, the 20-week-old, 45-pound (20.4-kg) turkey from Princeton, North Carolina, along with a backup named Carolina should Courage get stage fright, will fly to Disneyland in southern California to take part in the theme park's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 25: Daughters of U.S. President Barack Obama, Malia (R) and Sasha (C), look at a turkey named 'Courage' with Walter Pelletier (L), Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, during a presidential pardon at the North Portico of the White House November 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 25: Malia Obama (2nd R), daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama (R), pats a turkey named 'Courage' as her sister Sasha (C ) and Walter Pelletier (L), Chairman of the National Turkey Federation look on during a presidential pardon at the North Portico of the White House November 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 25: Sasha Obama, the daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama, looks at a turkey named "Courage" during an event to pardon the 20-week-old and 45-pound turkey at the North Portico of the White House November 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President Barack Obama's daughter Sasha Obama pets a turkey named Courage while standing alongside her sister Malia (2nd R), Obama (R) and National Turkey Federation Chairman Walter Pelletier (2nd L), during the annual turkey pardoning ceremony for Thanksgiving on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2009. After the ceremony, the 20-week-old, turkey from Princeton, North Carolina, along with a backup named Carolina should Courage get stage fright, will fly to Disneyland in southern California to take part in the theme park's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 25: U.S. President Barack Obama pardons a turkey named "Courage" as daughter Sasha (2nd R) looks on during an event to pardon the 20-week-old and 45-pound turkey at the North Portico of the White House November 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President Barack Obama waves his hand as he pardons a turkey named Courage during the annual turkey pardoning ceremony for Thanksgiving on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2009. After the ceremony, the 20-week-old, 45-pound (20.4-kg) turkey from Princeton, North Carolina, along with a backup named Carolina should Courage get stage fright, will fly to Disneyland in southern California to take part in the theme park's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. With Obama are National Turkey Federation Chairman Walter Pelletier and President Joel Brandenberger. (C)(Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 25: U.S. President Barack Obama pats a turkey named "Courage" as daughter Sasha (2nd R) looks on during an event to pardon the 20-week-old and 45-pound turkey at the North Portico of the White House November 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President Barack Obama, alongside his daughter Malia Obama (R) and National Turkey Federation Chairman Walter Pelletier (2nd L), pet a turkey named Courage during the annual turkey pardoning ceremony for Thanksgiving on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2009. After the ceremony, the 20-week-old, 45-pound (20,4kg) turkey from Princeton, North Carolina, along with a backup named Carolina should Courage get stage fright, will fly to Disneyland in southern California to take part in the theme park's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President Barack Obama stands alongside his daughter Malia (R) and National Turkey Federation Chairman Walter Pelletier (C) after pardoning a turkey named Courage during the annual turkey pardoning ceremony for Thanksgiving on the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2009. After the ceremony, the 20-week-old, 45-pound (20.4-kg) turkey from Princeton, North Carolina, along with a backup named Carolina should Courage get stage fright, will fly to Disneyland in southern California to take part in the theme park's annual Thanksgiving Day parade. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President George W. Bush pets "May" the turkey during the pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey 20 November 2007 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. The pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey is a White House tradition dating back to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 20: Two days before Thanksgiving, U.S. President George W. Bush (C) pets a turkey named 'May' that he just pardoned while Ted Seger (R) of the National Turkey Federation and others look on during an event in the Rose Garden November 20, 2007 in Washington, DC. The pardoned turkey will serve as the grand marshal at the Thanksgiving parade at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush (R) meets "F
US President George W. Bush (R) meets "F
President George W. Bush (R) meets "Flyer", the turkey and handler Lynn Nutt (L), after announcing the official Thanksgiving pardon for the bird 22 November 2006 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Bush also pardoned a turkey named "Fryer" in the annual ceremony aimed at keeping the birds from ending up at the dinner table as the traditional main course for Thanksgiving. (Photo by TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President George W. Bush (C) stands with three generations of the Hill family who raised "Pumpkin", the National Thanksgiving Turkey on their Ellsworth, Ohio farm, after Bush gave officially pardoned the bird on November 26, 2008 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 26: (AFP OUT) U.S. President George W. Bush (C) is flanked by Paul Hill (L) and Nathan Hill (R) of the National Turkey Federation pardons a Turkey named Pumpkin during the annual White House Turkey Presidential Pardon presentation in the Rose Garden at the White House November 26, 2008 in Washington, DC. Later today Pumpkin will be flown to Disneyland and be an honorary grand marshal of Disney's Thanksgiving Day Parade in California. The annual White House tradition that has held strong since President Harry S. Truman first pardoned a bird in 1947. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
School children pet "Pumpkin", the National Thanksgiving Turkey after US President George W. Bush officially pardoned the bird on November 26, 2008 during ceremonies in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President George W. Bush (C) stand with the Hill family who raised "Pumpkin", the National Thanksgiving Turkey who recieved an official Presidential pardon from the president November 26, 2008 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 26: Members of the media gather around a turkey before U.S. President George W. Bush pardons the turkey named Pumpkin during the annual White House Turkey Presidential Pardon presentation in the Rose Garden at the White House November 26, 2008 in Washington, DC. Later today Pumpkin will be flown to Disneyland and be an honorary grand marshal of Disney's Thanksgiving Day Parade in California. The annual White House tradition that has held strong since President Harry S. Truman first pardoned a bird in 1947. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
"Pumpkin", the National Thanksgiving Turkey, awaits his pardon from US President George W. Bush on November 26, 2008 during ceremonies in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President George W. Bush (C) stands with three generations of the Hill family who raised "Pumpkin", the National Thanksgiving Turkey on their Ellsworth, Iowa farm, after Bush gave officiallypardoned the bird on November 26, 2008 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President George W. Bush Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
US President George W. Bush and turkey farmer Nathan Hill(R) from Elsworth, Iowa, pet "Pumpkin", one of two turkeys pardoned by Bush at the annual turkey pardoning ceremony November 26, 2008, at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman gets face to face with a turkey named Jerry after President Bill Clinton granted the bird a Thanksgiving pardon November 22, 2000 in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Newsmakers)
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
U.S. President Bill Clinton, holding his nephew Tyler, smiles after granting a Thanksgiving pardon to a turkey named Jerry, November 22, 2000 in the Rose Garden of the White House. Clinton is joined by Nickolas Feidt, left, who raised the turkey in Wisconsin, and by Jerry Jerome, 2nd left, chairman of the National Turkey Federation, and Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, right. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Newsmakers)
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Bill Clinton looks over a turkey named Jerry after granting the bird a Thanksgiving pardon November 22, 2000 in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Newsmakers)
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US President Barack Obama (2nd R) pardons the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey "Popcorn" with is daughters Sasha (3rd R) and Malia (R) during an event at the White House in Washington, DC, November 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton (R) is presented the 1999 National Thanksgiving Day Turkey by Doug Rieth (L) and the National Turkey Federation President Stuart Proctor (C) in a Rose Garden ceremony 24 November 1999 in Washington. The turkey named "Harry" received a presidential pardon and will sent to a farm to be raised. (Photo by STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton (L) pets the 1999 National Thanksgiving Day Turkey presented by the National Turkey Federation Chairman Jim Rieth (R) in a Rose Garden ceremony 24 November 1999 in Washington. The turkey named "Harry" received a presidential pardon and will be sent to a farm to be raised. (Photo by STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton pets the 1999 National Thanksgiving Day Turkey with children from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington in a Rose Garden ceremony 24 November 1999 in Washington, DC. The turkey, named "Harry," received a presidential pardon and will go to a farm to be raised. (Photo by STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton (R) applaudes after receiving the annual National Thanksgiving Turkey (C) from the National Turkey Federation (NTF) at the White House in Washington, DC 27 November. With Clinton are NTF Chairman Jim Cooper (2nd L) and NTF President Stuart Proctor (L). The 65-pound turkey, named Carl, will be donated to a Virginia park where it will live out its normal life span. (Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton stands with the annual Thanksgiving turkey as his handler Walter Gislason (L) looks on during presentation ceremonies 24 November at the White House in Washington, DC. The bird, presented to the President by the National Turkey Federation was given an official pardon from becoming dinner and sent to a local petting zoo. (Photo by TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
President Bill Clinton Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 22: US President Bill Clinton(C) looks on as Andy Rutledge(L), son of National Turkey Federation Chairman Ken Rutledge(R), attempts to put "Thomas Jefferson" on a table during presentation ceremonies at the White House 22 November. The National Turkey Federation donated the Thanksgiving bird which is usually given to a local petting zoo. (Photo by RICHARD ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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