“I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country! The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.”
Photograph of President Truman receiving a Thanksgiving turkey from members of the Poultry and Egg National Board and other representatives of the turkey industry, outside the White House. November, 1949.
This was the second turkey presentation ever held at the White House. President Truman also presided over the first one in 1947.
-from the Truman Library