Obama To Pardon Thanksgiving Turkey

11.25.09 | FL News Team

President Obama will save one lucky bird from the slaughter today during the traditional Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. The light-hearted tradition started with President Harry Truman back in 1947. This year, the national Thanksgiving turkey is a 40-pound male named Courage. He and an alternate were chosen on behalf of National Turkey Federation and Butterball, LLC Chairman Walter Pelletier from a flock of 52-thousand birds in the Butterball pens in Goldsboro, North Carolina. They flew first-class to Washington, DC on Tuesday for their stay at the famous Willard hotel. The turkey pardoning ceremony is expected to begin in the White House Rose Garden around 11:30 a.m., Eastern time. Neither Courage nor his alternate -- a bird named Carolina -- will be eaten. Instead, they will fly to California to be grand marshals in the Thanksgiving Day parade at Disneyland. They will live out the rest of their days on the Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland.