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Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

By: Catie Leary on Nov. 16, 2009, 5:46 a.m.
President Gerald Ford, 1975

Photo: Courtesy Gerald R. Ford Library

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All pardoned out

President Gerald Ford leans in to inspect his Thanksgiving gift in this 1975 photo, taken outside the White House. Ford had issued a controversial pardon the previous year to former President Nixon — who resigned in 1974 following the Watergate scandal — and would issue another 408 before leaving office. Still, like Nixon, Ford granted no clemency to turkeys.