OAN’s Katie Smith
2:23 PM – Monday, November 20, 2023
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How has the turkey pardoning ceremony evolved over the years, gaining increased media and public attention
News Network (OAN) reports that President Joe Biden has continued a longstanding White House tradition by pardoning this year’s turkeys, named Liberty and Bell, on his birthday. The tradition of pardoning a turkey at the White House on Thanksgiving dates back several decades.
Every year, as Thanksgiving approaches, the President is presented with two turkeys who have been specially chosen to receive the pardon. These turkeys are spared from the fate of being Thanksgiving dinner and instead live out their lives on a farm or in a sanctuary.
This year, President Biden celebrated his birthday by participating in this heartwarming tradition. Joined by his family and members of his administration, he performed the symbolic gesture of pardoning the turkeys, ensuring that they will be able to roam freely and enjoy their lives without the threat of becoming a holiday meal.
The pardoning of turkeys has become a notable moment for Presidents, providing them with an opportunity to showcase their lighter side and engage in a lighthearted and festive event during the holiday season. The event often includes humorous remarks and pun-filled speeches, adding an element of entertainment to the proceedings.
This year’s turkeys, Liberty and Bell, were chosen from a farm in a northern state after undergoing a rigorous selection process. The selection criteria typically include behavioral characteristics and appearance.
The tradition of pardoning turkeys dates back to the 1940s, when President Harry S. Truman was formally presented with a turkey by the National Turkey Federation. Although Truman did not grant the official pardon, the presentation marked the beginning of a tradition that has since been embraced and continued by each successive President.
The act of pardoning turkeys has also been associated with promoting animal welfare and showcasing compassion and empathy towards animals. It serves as a reminder of our responsibility to treat animals with kindness and respect.
In recent years, these pardoning ceremonies have gained increased attention from the media and the public, with live broadcasts and social media coverage ensuring that the event reaches a wide audience. It has become a beloved and anticipated part of the Thanksgiving festivities.
President Biden’s participation in the turkey pardoning tradition demonstrates his commitment to upholding and honoring customary practices while adding his personal touch to the proceedings. It is an opportunity for him to engage with the American people in a light-hearted manner and connect with them on a personal level.
In conclusion, President Joe Biden continued the tradition of pardoning turkeys on his birthday, marking another year of this cherished White House tradition. The act symbolizes compassion, kindness towards animals, and the celebration of Thanksgiving. It is not only a lighthearted event but also an opportunity for the President to connect with the American people and showcase his commitment to upholding long-standing traditions.
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