This Thanksgiving, two turkeys from Minnesota will travel to the White House to be pardoned by President Obama. The annual tradition began in 1947 when the Poultry and Egg National Board presented a live turkey to President Truman for the holiday. Earlier presentation birds did not fare as well as their modern day counterparts and were handed over for, ahem,dining, rather than pardoning.
This photo shows the Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation to President Nixon on November 18, 1969. As you might imagine, we’ve got a number of POTUS photos from previous turkey days in our holdings. More to come next week.
What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?
For most of the last two decades, world leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit would don garb chosen by the hosts. The costumes made for a light moment at the picture-taking session — sober leaders in bomber jackets or pajama-style robes.
This year’s summit, hosted by President Obama in his native Hawaii, broke with tradition. What do you think? Appropriate? Glad you won’t be seeing world leaders in grass skirts and coconut bras? Or are you secretly a teeny little bit disappointed?
Happy 50th birthday to the Chief.