2:19 pm - 11/21/2012

TurkRhi pardoned

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)


(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.)
evil_slayer 21st-Nov-2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
idgt do they pardon it and then eat it?
fauxkaren 21st-Nov-2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
No they pardon it and then it goes to live at Mount Vernon!

A few years back they went to live at Disneyland though which was fun because then I got to see them!
evil_slayer 21st-Nov-2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
awwwwwww well that's cute. I got kind of freaked out for a minute
umbrella_smile 21st-Nov-2012 08:52 pm (UTC)
They pardon it FROM being eaten, but they usually die anyway cause they are so plumped up.
she_can_rock 21st-Nov-2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
sometimes they get sent to disneyland/disneywold.
nicolesnitchie 22nd-Nov-2012 12:49 am (UTC)
lol what
evil_slayer 22nd-Nov-2012 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm not from the US, we don't know EVERY tradition you guys have.
nicolesnitchie 22nd-Nov-2012 05:13 am (UTC)
i thought the word "pardon" would be a clue but i'll forgive u this time
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