President Trump Issues Pardons to 2 Thanksgiving Turkeys

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, President Trump honored a White House tradition today, and officially “pardoned” two turkeys.

The two lucky birds, named “Wishbone” and “Drumstick” were spared becoming the centerpiece at a Thanksgiving feast, and as the president announced, they will spend the rest of their days in retirement.

President Trump said the two turkeys would join “Tater” and “Tot,” the turkeys Barack Obama pardoned during his last year in office, and joked that he couldn’t overturn Obama’s pardons.

“As many of you know, 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,” joked President Trump.

“Tater and Tot, you can rest easy tonight,” joked President Trump, and also laughed about President Truman, who ate the turkeys he was given to pardon.

“Seventy years ago the National Turkey Federation presented the first National Turkey to President Truman. He did not grant the pardon. He refused. He was a tough cookie. Today, I’m going to be a much nicer president,” said Trump, before sparing the two birds.

As the White House prepares for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, the First Family is getting involved, and have donated two already-packaged turkeys to “Martha’s Table,” a charity in Washington.