A look back at the tradition of the ‘Turkey Pardon’

WASHINGTON – A long standing tradition at the White House is the yearly tradition of pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey.  Claims vary as to who began the tradition, from Abraham Lincoln to Dwight Eisenhower, but the most documented reprieve from the dinner table came during the presidency of George H.W. Bush, who made sure the new fowl friend was sent to a children’s petting zoo. Biden participated in the annual pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey on Monday.


President Biden pardoning the 2022 National Thanksgiving Turkeys – Chocolate and Chip – Photo via The White House on Twitter