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WJLA, November 23, 2011

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.

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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.

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