Obama pardons National Thanksgiving Turkeys at Rose Garden ceremony

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WASHINGTON — President Obama pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkeys in a ceremony in the Rose Garden today.

The President will celebrate the 69th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a safe and healthy holiday.

The 2016 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate, Tater and Tot, were hatched and raised in Iowa.

Yesterday, the White House asked the Twitter-verse to vote on whether Tater or Tot should receive the pardon, however, both turkeys will get a reprieve.

Obama said the turkeys will live out the remainder of their natural lives at Virginia Tech.

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