Thanksgiving turkey pardons: A history of the presidential tradition
The annual National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation has not always been a pardon. In fact, the tradition of 'pardoning' a turkey only began in 1989. Before that, turkeys were presented to presidents, but they weren't necessarily spared.
President George W. Bush looks at the national Thanksgiving turkey Marshmallow during a ceremony pardoning the turkey in the Old Executive Office Building in 2005.