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  • Obama Officially Pardons "Popcorn" at the White House

    President Barack Obama stands with daughters Sasha, second from left, and Malia, right, as he pardons "Popcorn," the national Thanksgiving turkey at the White House in Washington, Nov. 27, 2013.
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  • Press Presented With Thanksgiving Turkeys

    Two turkeys, one named Caramel and the other named Popcorn, are presented to the press in Washington, Nov. 26, 2013.
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  • President Obama Pardons Turkey

    Sasha Obama pets Cobbler as President Barack Obama, her sister Malia and National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen look on during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon, Nov. 21 , 2012, at the White House.
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  • President Obama Pardons Turkey

    President Obama is flanked by his daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, after pardoning 'Liberty', a 19-week old, 45-pound turkey at the North Portico of the White House, Nov. 23, 2011.
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  • Obama Tweets Happy Thanksgiving

    President Obama tweeted an older family picture entitled "From this family to yours, happy Thanksgiving," on Nov. 22, 2012.
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  • President Obama Pardons Turkey

    Former President George W. Bush pets a turkey named Stars at the Annual Pardoning of the Thanksgiving Turkey in the White House Rose Garden, Nov. 24, 2003.
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  • President Obama Pardons Turkey

    Former President Bill Clinton stands with the annual Thanksgiving turkey waiting to be pardoned at the White House, Nov. 24, 1999. The bird, presented to the president by the National Turkey Federation, was given an official pardon from becoming dinner and sent to a local petting zoo.
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  • President Obama Pardons Turkey

    President George H.W. Bush during a Rose Garden ceremony on Nov. 25, 1992, at which he pardoned that year's Thanksgiving turkey.
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  • Obama: 'From This Family to Yours, Happy Thanksgiving'

    The Thanksgiving turkey being presented to President Ronald Reagan at the White House in Washington, Nov. 23, 1987, tries to fly away after being pardoned. Reagan sent the first officially pardoned turkey, Charlie, to safety at a petting zoo.
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  • President Ford is Presented With a Turkey

    President Gerald R. Ford is presented with a Thanksgiving turkey from the National Turkey Federation, Nov. 20, 1975.
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  • First Lady Pat Nixon Receives the Thanksgiving Turkey

    First Lady Pat Nixon receives the annual Thanksgiving turkey at the White House in Washington, Nov. 23, 1971.
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  • Richard Nixon Receives the Thanksgiving Turkey

    President Richard Nixon receives the Thanksgiving turkey in front of the White House in Washington, Nov. 18, 1969.
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  • John F. Kennedy Balks on a Thanksgiving Turkey

    President John F. Kennedy is presented with a Thanksgiving turkey outside the White House in Washington, Nov. 19, 1963. Though not the first official presidential pardon, Kennedy allowed the bird to live because of its smaller size, reportedly looking down at the bird and saying, "We'll just let this one grow," before sending it back to the farm from which it came.
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  • President Truman Is Presented With a Turkey

    Members of the Poultry and Egg National Board and other industry representatives present President Harry S. Truman with a Thanksgiving turkey outside the White House, Nov. 16, 1949. Though this was the first time a turkey was presented to the president of the United States, there are no records of Truman "pardoning" the turkey. The first turkey was actually pardoned by Ronald Reagan in 1987.
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