WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama spared two turkeys Wednesday named for one of the nation’s most admired presidents, continuing a White House tradition that provides a refreshing sense of amusement and bipartisan cheer no matter how troubled the times.
The two turkeys, “Honest” and “Abe”, will get a reprieve from the oven and will spend their remaining days living on a nearby Virginia farm.
Both birds hail from California, are 18 weeks old and weigh in at about 42 pounds each. Honest has a red face and neck, while Abe’s crown features more extensive blue splotches.
George H.W. Bush was the first president to formally pardon a Thanksgiving turkey, though stories of spared turkeys date back to Abraham Lincoln’s presidency.