President Biden pardons turkeys, peanut butter and jelly at Thanksgiving: NPR

The two national Thanksgiving turkeys are seen in the Rose Garden of the White House before a pardon ceremony in Washington on November 19, 2021.

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The two national Thanksgiving turkeys are seen in the Rose Garden of the White House before a pardon ceremony in Washington on November 19, 2021.

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Peanut butter and jelly will not be at the Thanksgiving table this year.

That is, two national turkeys, named Peanut Butter and Jelly, have received a presidential pardon.

“With the power conferred on me, I apologize,” President Biden told Peanut Butter at a White House ceremony Friday.

After sparing peanut butter from becoming dinner, Biden encouraged the turkey to share his thoughts: “Go ahead, say something.”

“Shut up, sip,” Peanut Butter replied.

He also pardoned Jelly. “I apologize, kid,” the president said.

The names of the male turkeys raised in Jaspar, Ind., Were revealed by the White House on Twitter with glamorous close-ups of the birds in a luxury room at the Willard Hotel. They were from a list of names submitted by school children.

“I have to admit to you, my wife does not like that I admit it: that’s what I like for lunch, peanut butter and jelly,” Biden told an audience in the White House ‘Rose Garden.

Both turkeys will be taken back to Indiana to Purdue University’s Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm “to live out the rest of their lives.” said the president of the Turkish Federation, Phil Seger.

The bite pardoned the turkeys after a routine colonoscopy. He underwent anesthesia for the procedure and briefly transferred the president’s authority to Vice President Harris.

Biden and First Lady travel to North Carolina next week to celebrate Thanksgiving with military families from Fort Bragg.

The White House has a history of shaggy feathers

There is confusion about the origin of the President’s Turkey’s pardon; even Bill Clinton erroneously said that Truman was the first to pardon a turkey. Truman Library should make a statement to the contrary.

President George Bush and Shannon Duffy, 8, of Fairfax, Va., Look over a Thanksgiving turkey presented to the President in the White House in Washington by the National Turkey Foundation on November 18, 1989.

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President George Bush and Shannon Duffy, 8, of Fairfax, Va., Look over a Thanksgiving turkey presented to the President in the White House in Washington by the National Turkey Foundation on November 18, 1989.

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John F. Kennedy appears to be the first president to pardon a Thanksgiving turkey, saying “We’re just letting this grow.” George HW Bush formalized Turkey’s pardon event in 1989.

In recent years, the pardoned turkeys have been named Corn and Cob; Bread and butter; Honest and Abe; Tater and Tot. Former President Obama even made the annual occasion a chance to showcase his father’s jokes.

“Time flies, even if turkeys do not,” Obama said at the turkey’s pardon in 2014.

Tien Le is an intern at NPR’s News Desk.

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