Presidential Turkey Pardon

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President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, center, and Malia, right, carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a...
President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, center, and Malia, right, carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a...
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Thanksgiving can now officially begin. President Obama pardoned Cobbler, a four month-old turkey, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden Wednesday afternoon.

For the first time, the American people selected Cobbler as National Thanksgiving Turkey through an online competition.

Gobbler, the runner-up, also received a pardon, meaning he won’t end up on a dinner table Thursday. Both Cobbler and Gobbler will now live out their lives in a custom-made enclosure on George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.

Presidential Turkey Pardon

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