President Trump pardoned his first turkey Tuesday, in keeping with the humorous longstanding tradition of presidents saving the big bird from ending up on the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Flanked by his youngest son, Barron, and First Lady Melania Trump, the president gave a speech before the pardon.
“In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I will grant a presidential pardon to a Turkey,” Trump said. He noted that President Harry Truman did not pardon his turkey, but said, “I’m going to be a much nicer president.”
He joked that over the past 10 months, he had welcome many special visitors, foreign leaders, members of congress, and some ‘strange birds’, but had never welcomed a visitor like the turkey before.
“I think Drumstick and Wishbone would be very thankful if we would just get around to the pardon. They say ‘Enough talk, please pardon us,'” Trump said.
“Drumstick” and “Wishbone” are both now destined to live out their days at Virginia Tech’s “Gobbler’s Rest,” where they will join the the two turkey’s – Tater and Tot – who President Obama sent there last year.
“I have been informed by the White House counsel’s office that Tater and Tot’s pardons cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked,” Trump quipped. “So, Tater and Tot, you can rest easy.”
Before he pardoned the turkey, President Trump extended a special thanks to the nation’s military members, law enforcement and first responders.
Watch the entire turkey pardon below: