Gobblers Apple and Cider Receive Presidential Pardon (Video)
November 25, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)– Thanks to President Obama, two lucky turkeys named Apple and Cider have been pardoned from losing their heads and becoming the centerpiece of a family’s Thanksgiving dinner. The ceremony for the official pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey, was kept light and humorous with the First daughters, Malia and Sasha by the President’s side. But Obama also made use of the moment to reflect on a uniquely American “tradition that’s brought us together as a community since before we were a nation.” And he also drew a comparison to America’s current economic hardship, saying “So in America, we come together when times are hard. We don’t give up. We don’t complain. And we don’t turn our backs on one another.”
The two gobblers, rescued from a California farm, will now spend their days in an idyllic historic setting of Mount Vernon.
“This year, the National Thanksgiving Turkey Apple, and his understudy Cider, came to the White House from Foster Farms Wellsford Ranch near Modesto, California. Both turkeys participated in a rigorous competition back home at the farm in order to win the ultimate prize of a Presidential pardon and an all-expenses-paid trip to the White House. Apple and Cider will live out their days at Mount Vernon, home of our nation’s first President George Washington.”
Obama ended his remarks by urging Americans to give back to their communities, and he gave thanks to our men and women in uniform risking their lives for or country.
“So I hope everyone takes some time during this holiday season to give back and serve their community in some way. And I also want to take a moment to say how grateful I am to the men and women who are serving this country bravely and selflessly in places far away from home right now. You and your families are in our thoughts and in our prayers, and you make me so very proud to be your Commander-in-Chief.”
Photo Source: White House video