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Trump Jokes He Won't Undo Obama Turkey Pardon

22 November 2017

"So Tater and Tot, you can rest easy", Trump joked.

One pardonee, referred to as "Drumstick" by the White House, is a heavy-set, white male with a wingspan of about five feet.

"Drumstick, you are hereby pardoned", Trump told the bird.

The 45-pound birds are officially named "Drumstick" and "Wishbone," but the 4-H team getting them ready for the White House nicknamed the pair "Bow" and "Tie". There they will join Tater and Tot, the two turkeys pardoned previous year by President Obama.

He then said "Hi" to the lucky turkey and stated he "is going to be very happy".

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The birds from western Minnesota will be pardoned by President Donald Trump on Tuesday. As for "strut style", Drumstick does his thing "tall and proud" and Wishbone's more of a "strong shuffle".

The hotel stay is paid for by the National Turkey Federation, which supplies two turkeys each year for the presidential pardoning ceremony at the White House.

In 1865, White House reporter Noah Brooks recounted an anecdote Lincoln told him: A live turkey was brought home for Christmas dinner, but Lincoln's son interceded on behalf of the animal. "He refused; he was a tough cookie".

"Names for each were suggested by people from around the world and this morning, we are introducing you, for the first time, to Wishbone and Drumstick", Wittenburg said as the crowd clapped and the turkeys loudly gobbled.

"Today I am going to be a much nicer President", he said, also offering thanks to the troops and first responders during the event.

Trump Jokes He Won't Undo Obama Turkey Pardon