Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

November 21, 2012

Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkey

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has pardoned two turkeys in an annual Thanksgiving rite.

Obama said he wanted to offer a second chance to Cobbler, the newly designated national turkey, and his alternate, Gobbler.

Both are 19-week-old, 40-pound turkeys from Virginia. Their names were selected from submissions by elementary students in Rockingham County, Va., where the birds were raised.

For the first time this year, the public had a say in which bird would become the national Thanksgiving turkey. They were asked to cast their votes on the White House Facebook page.

Obama said the American people have spoken “and these birds are moving forward” — a reference to his campaign slogan, “Forward.”

The tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey at the White House started with President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

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