A pair of South Dakota turkeys named "Peas" and "Carrots" received a pardon from President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
The presidential pardon is bestowed to one lucky turkey every year in November. But why has theatrical, annual tradition become part of our American holiday traditions? Lisa Desjardins has the answer.
By Lisa Desjardins
The act of leniency means 47-pound Drumstick and 36-pound Wishbone will instead get to live the rest of their lives at a Virginia farm.
On the day before Thanksgiving, President Obama continued the annual tradition of pardoning a turkey, with an address rife with Thanksgiving puns. The tradition has continued every November for the past 25 years, but there’s debate about how it all…
By PBS NewsHour
By Tobin Miller Shearer, The Conversation
The presidential pardoning of turkeys invites the question: What is the significance of such a public rite of forgiveness?…
By Kevin Freking, Associated Press
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.
By Matthew Daly, Associated Press
Elizabeth Lauten, communications director to Rep. Stephen Fincher of Tennessee, said Malia Obama, 16, and Sasha, 13, should have shown more "class" at a turkey-pardoning ceremony last week at the White House.
President Obama used his executive authority to pardon Mac and Cheese, the two birds who were saved from the Thanksgiving table this year. Who was the first president to give flight to this holiday amnesty? Political director Domenico Montanaro looks…
By Domenico Montanaro
The presidential turkey pardon is not a new tradition -- it’s happened every year for the last quarter century. But there has been confusion about how it all got started.
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