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Trump to pardon Turkey next week

Trump to pardon Turkey next week

We are rounding out 2017, and I'm wondering where the time went.

While they wait for the much-anticipated ceremony, the yet-unnamed turkeys are enjoying a lavish stay at Washington, D.C.'s Willard InterContinental Hotel, the Washington Examiner reports.

The two turkeys, expected to make an appearance at the White House later this week, spent the night at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington.

The turkeys will reside at "Gobbler's Rest" on Virginia Tech's campus after the ceremony, where they will join last year's birds that were pardoned by former President Obama.

Since 1947 when Harry Truman was president, the sitting president pardons a turkey shortly before Thanksgiving. President Kennedy "pardoned" the bird, sending it back to the farm.

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There's also a national naming contest for the pair of birds prior to the pardoning, but the White House gets the final say on naming the birds. George H.W. Bush later made the action a formal event.

It's the 70th anniversary of the turkey presentation.

White House reporter Noah Brooks wrote later in 1865 that "a live turkey had been brought home for the Christmas dinner, but [Lincoln's son Tad] interceded in behalf of its life".

This year's birds were raised in western Minnesota under National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg, according to the White House. It was the LA Times that deemed the act a "presidential pardon".