Biden pardons turkey… and talks vote count and the ‘red wave’

Biden pardons turkey… and talks vote count and the ‘red wave’
Biden pardons turkey… and talks vote count and the ‘red wave’

Biden pardons turkey… and talks vote count and the ‘red wave’

US President Joe Biden pardoned “Chocolate” and “Chip,” two Thanksgiving roosters, in a decades-old tradition that takes place every year before Thanksgiving at the White House.

Biden was joined by National Turkey Federation President Ronnie Parker and Alexa Starnes, daughter of the owner of the farm where the two fat white roosters came from.

In a nod, Biden told the crowd gathered on the South Lawn of the White House that “the votes have come in, they’re tallied and verified, no ballot filling, no games, and the only red wave you’ve seen in this one.” season is when the dog drops cranberry sauce.”

The president sarcastically said the two birds are part of “another flock hoping to come to Washington in 2024.”

Based on tradition, Biden designated the “chocolate” bird as the official Thanksgiving rooster, but pardoned the two birds, who weigh 46 and 47 pounds and were owned by National Turkey Federation (NTF) President Ronnie Parker near Monroe. North Carolina.

The two parents arrived in Washington DC over the weekend and stayed at a hotel near the White House.

The US Farm Bureau’s annual survey found that the average price of Thanksgiving dinner is up 20% since last year, driven by rising inflation, supply chain disruptions and the war in Ukraine.

Turkey chips on the White House lawn

Turkey is the traditional Thanksgiving meal in the United States, when families and friends gather around the dining table to give thanks for all the blessings they have received throughout the year.

An additional challenge this year is also “highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), which has killed more than 50 million birds, including more than 8 million turkeys,” the agriculture ministry said in a statement.

Corresponding CNN The tradition of presidential pardons for turkeys dates back to former President Abraham Lincoln’s administration hundreds of years ago. According to folklore, Lincoln’s young son asked his father to keep his turkey from becoming dinner time.

The National Turkey Association became the official supplier of turkeys to the presidential family in 1947. The national ceremony for naming turkeys has existed since 1947, but the first documented turkey pardon was issued by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

The rooster pardon became the norm in the White House in 1989 when President George HW Bush revived the tradition, which is now a staple of the White House Christmas season.

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