President Obama's Pardoned Turkeys Are Dead

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The two lucky turkeys that received an official pardon from President Barack Obama last Thanksgiving have both died, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Every year, the president invites two turkeys to Washington, D.C., for the annual Presidential Turkey Pardon. The birds are set up in a fancy hotel, are allowed a frisk-free entry into the White House for the ceremony and then spend the rest of their days roosting at a historic farm in Virginia.

But with a posh lifestyle and tendency to become overweight, the president's pardoned turkeys don't live long. Last year's duo, Gobbler and Cobbler, are already hanging out at the hen house in the sky after only a couple years of life. Gobbler went first, dying suddenly from an illness in February. Cobbler, 2012's official pardoned turkey, was euthanized in August. (The turkeys always come to Washington in pairs, but only one is used for the ceremony itself. Still, both turkeys are spared a trip to the dinner table.)

This year's potential pardons are being groomed from a flock of turkeys in Badger, Minn. The final two selections are those that can best handle the flashbulbs and excitement of Thanksgiving festivities at the White House.


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