Trump jokes that Obama’s pardoned birds remain safe.
Continuing the fun holiday tradition, President Trump pardoned two turkeys, named Wishbone and Drumstick, from becoming Thanksgiving dinner.
“I’m pleased to report that unlike millions of other turkeys at this time of the year, Drumstick has a very, very bright future ahead of him,” Trump said at the pardoning, with first lady Melania and son Barron standing by his side and many extended family members in the audience.
When he approached Drumstick for the pardon, he exclaimed, “Big bird!”
Today, we continued a wonderful American Tradition at the White House. Drumstick and Wishbone will live out their days in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains at Gobbler’s Rest… pic.twitter.com/fsS8B8f5UR
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2017
It seems there is quite the competition rule the roost as the National Turkey.
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
Drumstick — described as a classic 47-pound bird with a “tall and proud” strut — was dubbed 2017’s National Thanksgiving Turkey, besting Wishbone in an online poll, 60-40 percent.
Wishbone mounted a last-ditch effort for votes by making a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room earlier in the day. Ultimately, the political gamble did not garner any last-minute surge in the poll.
After announcing that Wishbone and Drumstick will join the two turkeys that President Barack Obama pardoned last year, “Tater” and “Tot,” Trump joked that he is not allowed to reverse Obama’s turkey pardons.
“As many of you know,” Trump said, “I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor, however I have been informed by the White House Counsel’s office that Tater and Tot’s pardons cannot under any circumstances be revoked.”
“Tater and Tot, you can rest easy,” he said to laughs.
President Trump and his family will be heading to Mar-a-Lago for the holiday.DONATE
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