ecctv —2:19 pm - 11/21/2012
President Obama pardons TurkRhi
WASHINGTON -- Back from a trip to Asia, President Barack Obama took care of some holiday business, pardoning the national Thanksgiving turkey.
The annual White House ceremony was held Wednesday afternoon in the Rose Garden.
Obama pardoned Cobbler and his alternate, Gobbler.
"The American people have spoken, these birds are moving forward," the president said.
The tradition started in 1963 when President John F. Kennedy became the first president to grant a pardon to a turkey at the White House.
This year, for the first time, the American public got a say in which bird would be the national Thanksgiving turkey by voting on the White House Facebook page.
The decision was between Cobbler and Gobbler, who were born on the same day on a farm in Rockingham County, Va. Obama pardoned two turkeys last year.
Here are more pictures.
TurkRhi and her body double (for safety) appear at the W Hotel.
During the Pardon, TurkRhi wore the same outfit she has previously worn on GQ
After removing her leather jacket, TurkRhi revealed a new tattoo.
Honestly, I'm shocked the White House decided to pardon TurkRhi after her behavior on SNL the other week
Here are some of the past turkeys :
Courturkey Stuffing (2011)
(Unfortunately one of the birds from this ceremony became ill and recently died.)
Turkey Minaj (2010)
Lady GaGobble (2009)
Turkey Pain (2008)
OMG MTV HIVE IS JACKING MY TRADITION
(btw I know this White House tradition is silly but whatever. It isn't like this took out days of the government's time. It is just fun. Sit down.)