There were a couple of lucky birds at the White House day as well– president trump continuing the tradition of pardoning a national Thanksgiving turkey.
But before pardoning the bird, the president also wishing the nation a happy Thanksgiving.
It’s a White House tradition. President Donald Trump pardoned Peas, a 39-pound turkey and its alternate Carrots. They hatched on June 28 this year and will now live a long life away from the dinner table.
“Peas and Carrots will both live out rest of their days at Gobblers Rest on the Campus of Virginia Tech,” said Trump.
The tradition of pardoning a turkey can be traced back to President Lincoln but it didn’t catch on right away.
The official presidential turkey pardon became the norm in 1989 when President George H. W. Bush revived the tradition, which is now a staple of the White House holiday season.
At the ceremony in the Rose Garden Tuesday, President Trump also took the time to give thanks for what he said were “many blessings”.
“We give thanks to God who continues to shed his almighty grace up this magnificent land,” Trump said.
Asking the American people to pray for the victims of the California wildfires, and thanking God for the men and women who serve in our military,
“We send our eternal gratitude to the heroes who keep America safe, strong, proud, prosperous, and free,” said Trump.
And with that, the president wished the nation a happy Thanksgiving before taking off to Mar-a-Lago for a long holiday weekend.