Although Thanksgiving turkeys have only officially been pardoned since the days of GHW Bush, there’s a long tradition of parading turkeys before the president.
Wilson is second from the left; I had to look it up, because I had no idea. In this era, the turkeys were merely “presented,” and then later, butchered, roasted, and presented again.
Fingering a Bourbon Red turkey.
Notice how the breed has changed to contemporary Thanksgiving favorite the Broad Breasted White. Also, we were not shy about advertising the fact that this living bird would soon be a dead one.
Look at that turkey!! What happened to it? I guess insert joke about being manhandled by Nixon here.
Gerald Ford reminds the turkey of its own mortality.
There are many awkward things happening in this photo.
This photo makes the early 90s seem like a really long time ago. This is the era when the presidential turkey is pardoned and is allowed to live.
An awkward pat.
Expression the same as the turkey.
Like Jesus raising Lazarus. These days, pardoned turkeys live out their days at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.
These are incredible.