Fowl play: Trump officially pardons Drumstick the turkey

Geneva Matthews
November 22, 2017

Egged on by White House guests, Donald Trump pardoned a turkey named "Drumstick" on Tuesday (Nov 21), while jokingly vowing not to overturn similar Obama-era acts of presidential forgiveness.

Following his speech, Trump formally pardoned Drumstick, the turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House, with his family by his side.

After the pardoning, the birds will join last year's Turkey at Virginia Tech University to live out the rest of their lives.

Trump added: 'As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor. "I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons can not under any circumstances be revoked so we are not going to revoke them". As applause erupted, the bird lifted his head to gobble at the crowd. "Drumstick has a very, very bright future ahead of him". This year marks the 70th anniversary of the lighthearted event.

Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkey
Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkey Credit REUTERS

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A good presidential turkey is stuffed with showmanship.

The turkeys, Drumstick and Wishbone, arrived in Washington, D.C. on Sunday from Alexandria. "He refused; he was a tough cookie".

Before the actual pardoning, Trump stood for several minutes at the podium, revving up a few turkey-inspired quips, including a reference to the two turkeys pardoned past year by President Barack Obama, Tater and Tot.

President George H.W. Bush brought it back in 1989. But just as today, only one bird is honored at the annual ceremony.

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