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President Donald Trump is getting ready to grant the second major pardon of his administration so far. However, this one is believed to be a lot less controversial.
In a time-honored – and incredibly silly – tradition, Trump will grant a presidential turkey pardon on Tuesday in the Rose Garden.
It’s a tradition going back 70 years to when Harry Truman occupied the White House – pose with a big turkey around Thanksgiving.
During Obama’s time in the White House, he was known to make pun-filled jokes at the events. During his last one in 2016, he said even when he’s president, he would likely continue to pardon turkeys.
There’s “no way I’m cutting this habit cold turkey,” he quipped.
Obama’s people also posted a Twitter poll over which of two turkeys – Tater or Tot – should be slaughtered and which should be allowed to live.
Of course, both turkeys were pardoned to spend the rest of their short, unnaturally obese and unhealthy lives in a pen, sad and lonely.
Trump will get the chance to make his own silly traditions this year. After being pardoned, they’ll join last year’s turkeys at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit. There, students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit them.
CBS News reports that both of this year’s birds were raised in Western Minnesota under the supervision of National Turkey Federation, which will also be bringing two turkeys from Jaindl’s Turkey Farm of Orefield, Pennsylvania, for the First Family to donate. The Trumps will be donating these turkeys to Martha’s Table in Washington, D.C.
Last year, Obama amused the crowd with turkey jokes, because it’s all just that lame:
“When somebody at your table tells you that you’ve been hogging all the side dishes and you can’t have any more, I hope that you respond with a creed that a sums up the spirit of a hungry people, ‘Yes, we cran.’”
Mr. Obama deemed Tater to be “sort of like the ‘vice turkey.’ We’re working on getting him a pair of aviator glasses.” He also recognized the other turkeys who “didn’t get to ride the gravy train to freedom.”
Here’s how last year’s ceremony was reported by CBS:
The light-hearted ceremony featured Iowa-raised turkeys Tater and Tot. Tot won the White House Twitter poll, so he was the official recipient of the pardon, but both got a reprieve. Mr. Obama’s own twist on the tradition is the pardoning of two turkeys instead of one, which he’s done since 2009, at the request of Sasha and Malia.
At the official pardoning following Mr. Obama’s remarks, Tot flapped his wings, to the delight of the president, who exclaimed, “Freedom! Freedom!”
For the Twitter poll on the turkey pardon, the White House blog provided a biography for each bird to help in the decision. Tater’s favorite snack is worms, his favorite song is “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor, he has a “strong” gobble style, and he walks with a swagger.
We’ll see if President Trump is as good with the nonsense ceremony and dad-joke puns.
Tater and Tot, who are already a year into their retirement at the university, are “hosting an open house” this weekend to welcome “the two newest members of Hokie Nation,” Virginia Tech announced in a press release this week.
— Virginia Tech (@virginia_tech) November 22, 2017
A Virginia Tech spokesperson told ABC News in 2016 that the school was excited to receive Tater and Tot, and that its College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is “world-renowned for its poultry department.”
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