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.)
hoot 21st-Nov-2012 09:38 pm (UTC)
Baby turkeys are cute as fuck though.

My parents have families of turkeys that run through their yard every spring, and the babies are so goofy and always running into each other and tripping over stuff. SO CUTE.
deadtree 22nd-Nov-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
bawwww omg! There was a little train of turkeys running through my yard one day randomly and the bbs were soooo cute.
aquanite 22nd-Nov-2012 02:35 am (UTC)
Soooo cute omg. Wild turkeys are really gorgeous animals [though I think the domestic ones are cute too]. I hate that people dislike them so much ;____;

god that baby. I WANT TO TOUCH IT
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