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Biden pardoned the turkeys for Thanksgiving: how it was

US President Joe Biden pardoned Peanut Butter and Jelly turkeys November 19 at a White House ceremony. Writes about it CBS News.

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Biden also apologized to Transportation Head Pete Buttigieg and his husband Chaten (both from Indiana) as it was clear the two turkeys were "Indiana's new most powerful couple."

The President joked: "Peanut Butter and Jelly will help restore the oil market."

“It reminds us that everyone can have a little fun and need to be grateful,” Biden said of the tradition of pardoning turkeys.

On a darker note, the White House chief said, "It's important to continue with these traditions to remind us that there is light in darkness, there is hope and progress, and that is what I think Thanksgiving is like this year."

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In addition, the president did not fail to remind that this year many more people will be able to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends thanks to the availability of vaccinations against COVID-19.

“For the first time in a long time, many of us will get together with our loved ones. We will restore tradition at our tables and in our hearts, ”Biden summed up.

He separately recalled "scientists, researchers, doctors, nurses and other frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19 who are developing vaccines and supporting essential services."

The White House has released a video showing both birds settling in the posh Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. The Peanut Butter and Jelly weigh about 40 pounds (18 kg) each and were raised in Jasper, Indiana, said National Federation of Turkey Chair Phil Seger. Birdwoman Andrea Welp commented that raising turkeys to be pardoned by the president was "a lot of fun."

“Given another year of uncertainty with the pandemic, this project really was something to strive for,” says Welp.

The President joked that Peanut Butter and Jelly were chosen because of their temperament, appearance and, he suspects, vaccination status.

After the pardon, Peanut Butter and Jelly went to the Animal Science Research and Educational Farm at Purdue University in Indiana, where they will live the rest of their days and die a natural death.

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This is Biden's first pardon of turkeys as president. Moreover, this very tradition in the White House has an unknown origin. It is rumored to date back to President Abraham Lincoln, whose son Ted pleaded with him to have mercy on a turkey their family planned to eat for Christmas, and the President let the bird go.

In 1963, shortly before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, he decided to send back the turkey he received at the White House and said, "We'll just let this turkey live," but never formally pardoned her. Other presidents since Kennedy have participated in turkey pardons, but not every year.

This tradition is usually attributed to President Harry Truman, who pardoned a turkey in 1947, but the Presidential Library stated in 2003 that they "did not find any documents, speeches, newspaper clippings, photographs, or other records of the time" that spoke of the pardon Truman a turkey that he received as a gift in 1947 or at any other time of his presidency. "

Other presidents have photographed with the turkeys, and the first formal pardon was held in 1989 by President George W. Bush. And only then it became an annual tradition.

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