Trump Issues His Final Turkey Pardon

Trump Issues His Final Turkey Pardon

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Trump Issues His Final Turkey Pardon

President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, prepared for Thanksgiving with a pardoning ceremony Tuesday in the Rose Garden. Corn was the lucky bird.

We’re here today to continue a beloved annual tradition, the official presidential pardon of a very, very fortunate turkey. Because Thanksgiving is a special day for turkeys — I guess, probably for the most part, not a very good one when you think about it. The first turkey to dodge the White House dinner table received unofficial clemency when President Abraham Lincoln’s son Tad begged his father to spare his new friend. For the past 73 years, the National Turkey Federation has presented the national Thanksgiving turkey to the president. Starting under President George H.W. Bush, these birds have received a formal pardon every single year. Today is my honor to present to you this year’s lucky bird: Corn. And just in case, we needed him, Cob. Corn and Cob, that’s not too hard to remember, is it? Corn, I hereby grant you a full pardon. Thank you, Corn.

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