President Trump on Tuesday will pardon two turkeys at the White House ahead of Thanksgiving — a decades-long tradition. But this year, the two turkeys are having fun at the Willard Hotel.
Bread and Butter, two male turkeys from North Carolina, are expected to be pardoned during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. at 11 a.m. EST, as the two vie for the title of “National Thanksgiving Turkey.”
“The Presidential Turkeys have arrived in DC! The two birds are settled in at The Willard Hotel after their trek from North Carolina and are resting up for the big ceremony on Tuesday,” the White House posted on Facebook.
The custom of sending turkeys to the White House dates back to the 1870s when “poultry king” Horace Vose sent his birds to the White House. Many former leaders didn’t pardon them. They ate them.
Some presidents, like Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, spared a few turkeys, Fox News reports.