In a joke-filled celebration in the White House Rose Garden, Biden pardoned the birds, depriving them of becoming a presidential meal this holiday season.
“In the end, the peanut butter and jelly were chosen based on their mood, appearance and vaccination status,” the president joked. “Yeah, instead of being killed, these two turkeys are beefed up.”
Biden said Peanut Butter and Jelly were “two names I can’t agree on more,” adding, “I have to admit to you, my wife doesn’t like me to admit it—that’s what I love for lunch.”
The president also took a moment during the ceremony to acknowledge the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and return to the traditions of Thanksgiving with loved ones.
“In all seriousness, it is important to carry on in traditions like this to remind us that out of darkness, there is light, hope and progress — and that is what this year’s Thanksgiving represents, in my opinion,” the president said. “Many of us will meet our loved ones for the first time in a long time. We will reconnect with tradition, with our tables and hearts filled with grace and gratitude to everyone who made this possible.”
Biden thanked the scientists and frontline workers who developed and administer the Covid-19 vaccine, as well as essential workers, religious leaders and workers who grow and harvest the food on Americans’ tables.
The outdoor party, which was attended by families and children of White House staff, comes two weeks after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. supported Recommendation to vaccinate children aged 5-11 years against Covid-19.
After the ceremony, they will retire to their home state at Purdue University’s Animal Science Research and Education Farm.
The Indiana-bred birds flocked to Washington, D.C. this week, stayed at the luxurious Willard Hotel and attended a press conference Thursday with the Turkish National Federation prior to their appearance at the White House.
“Bringing a herd of Presidential turkeys has been really fun this year. As we all know, with another year of uncertainty around the pandemic, this project has really been something to look forward to,” farmer Andrea Welp said Thursday.
The National Federation of Turkey became the official supplier of turkeys for the First Dynasty in 1947 and the official turkey presentation ceremony has been in place since President Harry Truman. Truman was the first to have a turkey before them – however, he did not spare the bird.
Turkey pardon rumors go back in presidential history right up to the Lincoln administration. Folklore says that Lincoln’s young son asked his father to spare a pet turkey that was meant to be part of his Thanksgiving dinner.
The first documented pardon for turkeys was issued by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, although it was not immediately recognized. Although President Gerald Ford pardoned President Richard Nixon, neither of them decided to formally pardon any turkeys.
Pardoning Turkey became the norm in the White House in 1989 when President George H.W. Bush revived the tradition, which is now a staple of the holiday season at the White House.
Biden’s decision to continue the tradition comes on a particularly momentous day.
Early Friday morning, the president underwent his annual medical exam at Walter Reed Medical Center. Biden temporarily movable power To Vice President Kamala Harris while he was under sedation during the colonoscopy portion of his exam.
House Democrats too Been voted To pass Biden’s sweeping $1.9 trillion social safety net expansion legislation, which now faces a tough road in the Senate.
And on Friday afternoon, hours before the pardon was issued, Kyle Rittenhouse He was found not guilty First-degree murder and four other counts Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of two people and wounding another during the unrest last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
A new survey by the American Farm Bureau Consortium finds Thanksgiving dinner will cost 14% more Americans this year, with several factors driving up prices, including more Americans expected to cook at home this year and other economic turmoil. While this survey found turkey is up 24% since last year, that price depends on when the poultry was bought.
“The good news is that the nation’s top turkey producers are confident that everyone who wants a bird at Thanksgiving dinner will be able to get a bird, while the big bird will cost just $1.$ more than,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement Wednesday. last year “.