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.
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) November 22, 2016