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Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

By: Russell McLendon on Nov. 26, 2019, 11:14 a.m.
President George W. Bush pardons a turkey in 2008.

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Like feather, like son

President George W. Bush keeps up his father's tradition in this 2008 photo, pardoning "Pumpkin" the turkey during the annual White House event. Afterward, Pumpkin was flown to Disneyland, where the bird served as an honorary grand marshal in the California theme park's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The younger Bush started this tradition in 2005, replacing the previous practice of sending pardoned turkeys to nearby farms in Virginia.