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Happy Thanksgiving: A Look at Presidential Turkey Pardons

World | Reuters | November 22, 2018, 3:41 pm
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 US President Donald Trump declares a Thanksgiving turkey named 'Peas' pardoned as National Turkey Federation Chairman Jeff Sveen looks on during the 71st presentation and pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkeys in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

US President Donald Trump declares a Thanksgiving turkey named 'Peas' pardoned as National Turkey Federation Chairman Jeff Sveen looks on during the 71st presentation and pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkeys in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 US President Donald Trump participates in the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

US President Donald Trump participates in the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 US President Barack Obama reacts after pardoning the National Thanksgiving turkey during the 69th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

US President Barack Obama reacts after pardoning the National Thanksgiving turkey during the 69th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 US President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey during the 68th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

US President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey during the 68th annual presentation of the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 US President Barack Obama watches as his daughter Malia pets the 2011 Thanksgiving Turkey, Liberty, alongside her sister Sasha, during a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House. (Image: Reuters)

US President Barack Obama watches as his daughter Malia pets the 2011 Thanksgiving Turkey, Liberty, alongside her sister Sasha, during a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House. (Image: Reuters)

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 US President George W. Bush gathers with children and National Turkey Federation officials as he pardons 'Pumpkin', the 2008 Thanksgiving turkey, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

US President George W. Bush gathers with children and National Turkey Federation officials as he pardons 'Pumpkin', the 2008 Thanksgiving turkey, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 US President George W. Bush looks at 'May' as he pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

US President George W. Bush looks at 'May' as he pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Image: Reuters)

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 US President George W Bush takes no chances for a mishap as he grabs a turkey named 'Biscuit' by the neck during a photo opportunity at the turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Image: Reuters)

US President George W Bush takes no chances for a mishap as he grabs a turkey named 'Biscuit' by the neck during a photo opportunity at the turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Image: Reuters)

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 US President Bill Clinton holds his nephew, Tyler, as he pets the 2000 Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Image: Reuters)

US President Bill Clinton holds his nephew, Tyler, as he pets the 2000 Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House. (Image: Reuters)

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 US President Clinton poses with the 1998 Thanksgiving Day turkey, presented by the National Turkey Federation in the Rose Garden at the White House. (Image: Reuters)

US President Clinton poses with the 1998 Thanksgiving Day turkey, presented by the National Turkey Federation in the Rose Garden at the White House. (Image: Reuters)