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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Apollo

Death Panels, I knew it...

December 12 2013 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tcdesalvo

Bush did it

November 26 2013 at 6:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda lee

Waste of money spent on dumb birds. Fancy hotels? Parties & fancy farms? The Monet would be better spent on national issues out a more serious matter.

November 22 2013 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda lee

Waste of money on birds..hotels & fancy farms & parties? $$ would be better spent giving a holiday party to the poor!

November 22 2013 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
poppop1246

he could not pardon selfhim

November 22 2013 at 9:05 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
geotrm

the biggest turkey is obama

November 22 2013 at 8:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
backpkr580

and the names of the turkey's ... ried and poloski

November 22 2013 at 7:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
John C. Groff

I should have a pardon, from Obamacare!

November 21 2013 at 11:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mary

Guess the turkeys didn't have any healthcare.

November 21 2013 at 11:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Jim

I bet the ;died; due to an introduction to a hoy over and being stuffed with cornbread stuffing.

November 21 2013 at 11:40 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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