Biden pardons Thanksgiving turkeys Chocolate and Chip with ‘no fowl play’

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Two turkeys have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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President Joe Biden formally pardons chocolate and chips on the South Lawn of the White House in a spectacular presidential tradition that some reports date back to the 1860s.

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“It’s a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition here,” said Biden, who kept his remarks short and sweet on a chilly November morning, adding, “Nobody likes it when their turkey gets cold.”

The penalties were flying really fast and furious. Biden cracked that there was “no ballot stuffing” or “foul play” in the public vote, for which the turkey was to be pardoned (of course, both birds were freed in the end).

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And he took a dig at the Republican Party’s weaker-than-expected performance in recent midterm elections, noting, “Only the ‘red wave’ is knocking cranberry sauce off our table as our German shepherd commander.”

Check it out here:

Chocolate and Chip — who tip the scales at 46 and 47 pounds, respectively — were raised at Circle S Ranch in North Carolina by Ronnie Parker, president of the National Turkey Federation. Chocolate was chosen as the official White House Thanksgiving turkey this year, as a substitute for the chip. Both free birds will now retire to “a nice, comfortable turkey house” at North Carolina State University. Parker told NBC affiliate WCNC CharlotteTo live out the rest of his days. Domesticated turkeys can live for about 10 years.

According to the National Turkey Federation, chocolate and chips are keeping away from what some 46 million turkeys are expected to eat this Thanksgiving.

The tradition of presidential turkey-pardoning has a long and colorful history, According to the White House Historical Association, There are reports of presidents being presented with turkeys for the holiday as far back as the 1860s—and presidents have given up some Thanksgiving turkeys, including Abraham Lincoln, who pardoned one in 1863, and John F. Kennedy, who pardoned one 100 years later. Gave it, saying, “Let’s keep that going.”

President Ronald Reagan began the modern tradition of sending a national Thanksgiving turkey to retire on a farm in the 1980s. But the more formal “ceremony” of pardoning Bird began in 1989 under President George HW Bush. The -in-chief always forgives them both.

CSPAN tweeted a collage of past presidential pardons from Turkey:

From 2021: Meet Peanut Butter and Jelly, the White House turkey that President Biden is pardoning

And: President Trump once called a Thanksgiving turkey that ‘refused to accept’ losing a fair election

This year’s feel-good photo op comes as turkey prices dominate headlines, with inflation at a 40-year high. According to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest report on the cost of Thanksgiving, the average cost of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people is 20% higher than last year, with nearly every ingredient (except cranberries) higher than the previous year’s. Last year. Americans traveling by car for Thanksgiving are also expected to pay the highest Thanksgiving gas prices on record this year.

Read more: Turkey prices are on the rise — and larger birds will be more scarce. How to Host Thanksgiving Inexpensively.

Thanksgiving Deals: Walmart, Aldi slashing turkey prices and trimming prices to combat inflation

Biden closed the ceremony by reminding Americans to embrace “the reason for thanksgiving in the first place” and encouraged them to “come together” and “be thankful for what we have.”

He took the occasion to thank researchers and scientists at the forefront of tackling the COVID-19 pandemic and urged Americans to travel. to get their updated COVID boosters and their flu shots so that “this winter can be a lot happier than the recent holiday season.”

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