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From: Alex Leary >
Date: November 23, 2016 at 2:52:14 PM GMT-5
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Subject: In-town print pool No. 1 - turkey pardon
Tater and Tot have been spared.
POTUS pardoned the Iowa-raised 40 pounders at ceremony that began just before 2:45 p.m.
(Actual pardon: 2:49 p.m.)
Rose Garden remarks, full of corny puns but followed by a listing of what POTUS described as advancements in the economy, marriage equality, etc., were open press.
"We're not leaving any room for leftovers," Obama said in a final joke in his final turkey pardoning.
Notably, POTUS' daughters were not on hand. He was joined by nephews Austin and Aaron Robinson, who seemed infinitely less bored.
The White House previously issued the following:
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Obama will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden. The President will celebrate the 69th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a warm, safe, and healthy holiday.
The President will pardon Tater and its alternate Tot, both 18-week old, 40-pound turkeys. As part of the naming process, Iowa school children submitted pairs of names for this year's turkeys.
After the pardoning, the turkeys will be on display for visitors at their permanent home at Virginia Tech's newly built "Gobblers Rest" exhibit where they will be cared for by students and veterinarians in the university's Animal and Poultry Sciences Department.
Both birds were raised in Northwest Iowa under the supervision of National Turkey Federation Chairman John Reicks.
The National Turkey Federation will bring two dressed turkeys for the First Family to donate. These turkeys will be given to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, DC.
Washington Bureau Chief
Tampa Bay Times