President Obama Pardons Turkeys (Video)
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There aren't too many things happening in Washington DC these days that pretty much everybody can agree upon -- but you'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't enjoy a good ol' fashioned turkey pardoning.
Keeping up with a tradition established by his predecessors, President Obama formally 'pardoned' two turkeys at the White House on the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Fortunately for the two 19-week-old turkeys, named Liberty and Peace, their pardon doesn't require bi-partisan support. Instead of joining the over 45 million turkeys that will be carved up on Thanksgiving, the two birds will live out their days in an enclosure made specially for them on the grounds of Mount Vernon, George Washington's former estate in Virginia.
"Tomorrow is one of the best days of the year to be an American. It's a day to count our blessings, spend time with the ones we love, and enjoy some good food and some great company," said the President at the pardoning ceremony. "But it's also one of the worst days of the year to be a turkey. They don't have it so good."
The tradition of formally pardoning turkeys on the of Thanksgiving was established by George H. W. Bush in 1989, though he wasn't the first President to do so. In 1963, President Kennedy was gifted a turkey intended to be eaten, which he decided just to keep.