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Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

By: Russell McLendon on Nov. 26, 2019, 11:14 a.m.
President Obama pardoned a turkey in 2010.

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

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Fowl territory

President Barack Obama issued his second presidential turkey pardon in this Nov. 24, 2010 photo, granting amnesty to "Apple" as daughters Malia and Sasha looked on. Obama seemed more smooth on protocol, holding his hand out and proclaiming with mock drama, "You have my blessing."

If you want to go behind the scenes, check out the White House-produced video below for a turkey's-eye view of the run-up to Obama's inaugural turkey event: