It's a U.S. tradition for the president to pardon a turkey on Thanksgiving. On a memorable episode of NBC's hit drama "The West Wing," the president does just that — but not without several complications.

Above, watch President Bartlett pardon one turkey and draft another into military service at the request of his press secretary who can't bear to sentence one of the birds to death.

And in the humorous clip below, President Bartlett calls the Butterball hotline for a little advice on cooking a Thanksgiving turkey.

Related on MNN: Test your Thanksgiving IQ