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Free bird: Thanksgiving turkey pardons

By: Russell McLendon on Nov. 15, 2018, 5:02 p.m.
President Trump with his family and Drumstick, one of 2017's pardoned turkeys.

Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

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You can't revoke turkey pardons

During President Donald Trump's first turkey pardoning ceremony in 2017, he mentioned how active he had been in overturning executive orders issued by Barack Obama. Turkey pardons, however, were off limits.

"I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tater and Tot's pardons cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked," Trump joked, referring to the last two turkeys that Obama pardoned in 2016. "So, Tater and Tot, you can rest easy."

Drumstick (pictured) and Wishbone, the other turkey Trump pardoned in 2017, joined Tater and Tot at Virginia Tech's Gobber's Rest agricultural facility.