President Donald Trump is expected to uphold White House tradition today by holding the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon.
Today’s event will revolve around Drumstick and Wishbone, the two birds who will be granted amnesty from dinner tables around the country this week. While Trump isn’t known for being particularly deft at whimsical public appearances, the pardoning ceremony usually calls for a number of lighthearted dad-jokes between statements of thankfulness on behalf of the nation.
2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the turkey pardon tradition. However, the ceremony wasn’t formalized until 1989, when President George H.W. Bush started the trend of making sure the pardoned honorees were spared from the feast.
Two live turkeys are transported to Washington D.C. every year – one to be pardoned, the other as a “wingman” – and they usually get to live it up in a luxury hotel room before the big day. Wishbone and Drumstick were raised in Minnesota under the watch of the National Turkey Federation, and the two were photographed during their stay at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel.
An hour ahead of the ceremony, the White House announced that Drumstick will get the official pardon while Wishbone will be his second:
And the National Thanksgiving Turkey is… DRUMSTICK!
After today's ceremony, both Drumstick and Wishbone will join last year’s turkeys, Tater and Tot, at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit. pic.twitter.com/j3ePj3fCzB
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 21, 2017
Once the ceremony is over, the two birds will retire to “Gobbler’s Rest” at Virginia Tech, where they will live with the turkeys Barack Obama pardoned last year.
The festivities will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST.
Watch above, via The White House.
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