The White House on Monday revealed the names of the two turkeys that will be pardoned by President Donald Trump as part of its a time-honored Thanksgiving tradition.
In a press release, The White House announced this years lucky contenders from North Carolina are Bread and Butter, and both will battle it out to receive a pardon from the president at the ceremony which falls on Nov.26.
The feathery pair were given their names by the president and first lady, Melania, who selected the titles from a list of 15 pairs of names submitted by the National Turkey Federation.
Butter, who weighs 47 pounds, is a fan of sweet potato fries, bagpipes, and watching NASCAR, according to the release, while Bread, who weighs 45 pounds, enjoys Cheerwine soda, bluegrass music, and college basketball.
Although only one of the turkeys will receive the coveted pardon after a public vote, both of them will be spared the fate of being eaten this Thanksgiving.
The lucky turkeys arrived at the luxurious Willard Hotel on Sunday and enjoyed a stay in the famous D.C. suite ahead of Tuesdays ceremony, which will see Trump publically spare the birds from becoming Thanksgiving dinner.
The tradition of pardoning White House turkeys has been traced back to President Abraham Lincolns 1863 clemency to a turkey, recorded in an 1865 dispatch by White House reporter Noah Brooks.
Brooks noted that a live turkey had been bought home for Christmas dinner but Lincolns son, Tad, asked his father to spare the birds life.
It has also been claimed that former President Harry S. Truman began the amusing tradition, and subsequent presidents followed. However, he and various administrations were not known to “pardon” the birds.
An official turkey pardoning ceremony began when former President George H.W. Bush took office in 1989 and told animal rights activists outside the White House that a turkey would be granted a “Presidential pardon as of right now.” He said the bird would then be sent to “live out hiRead More – Source