Photo, above: The turkey who will receive a presidential pardon from President Trump, and his alternate, chilling (so to speak) in their hotel room at the $267 per night luxurious Willard Hotel in Washington, where room service is not only superb, but in the case of these two guests, mandatory
Joe Arpaio is not the only fortuitous recipient of President Trump’s legendary benevolence.
The National Turkey Federation has given the sitting president a Thanksgiving turkey since the administration of Harry Truman, 70 years ago, when the condemned birds were gratefully accepted, killed, and eaten.
President George Bush, the elder, began the tradition of pardoning the turkey, allowing the liberated gobbler to live to a ripe old age at Virginia Tech.
White House statement: This year, the President will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, as he reflects on our Nation’s rich Thanksgiving traditions and wishes American families a safe and healthy holiday.
After the pardoning, the turkeys will join last year’s turkeys at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the university’s teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine.
Both birds were raised in Western Minnesota under the supervision of National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his wife Sharlene, along with five young women from the Douglas County 4-H chapter.
The National Turkey Federation will also bring two turkeys from Jaindl’s Turkey Farm of Orefield, Pennsylvania, for the First Family to donate. The First Family will donate the turkeys to Martha’s Table in Washington, D.C.