WATCH: President Trump Pardons Turkeys Named Drumstick & Wishbone
President Donald Trump on Tuesday exercised his pardon power and spared two turkeys from becoming Thanksgiving dinner.
Before they were pardoned, Wishbone and Drumstick took a tour of the White House. Drumstick took a stroll in the Rose Garden, while Wishbone checked out the briefing room.
— Alex Mallin (@alex_mallin) November 21, 2017
Trump also thanked Jaindl Turkey Farms of North Whitehall Township, Pa. for providing two dressed turkeys, which the president said he will donate to a local charity to feed people in need on Thanksgiving.
The Allentown-area farm has been providing two turkeys to every White House administration since the Kennedy administration in 1962.
The White House Twitter account put out a poll for social media users to vote on which live turkey would receive the official pardon - and title of National Thanksgiving Turkey - from the president, with Drumstick winning by a 60 to 40 margin.
Which turkey should be pardoned during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony?
After the pardoning, Drumstick and Wishbone will join last year’s turkeys, Tater and Tot, at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 20, 2017
Accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump and their son Barron, Trump said Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for our many blessings and to remember the national family to which we all belong as Americans.
"This Thursday, as we give thanks for our cherished loved ones, let us also renew our bonds of trust, loyalty and affection between our fellow citizens, as members of a proud, national family of Americans," Trump said, wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.
He added that Drumstick is surely very happy and thankful to receive the official presidential pardon.
"Drumstick, you are hereby pardoned," Trump said to cheers from the crowd.
Luckily for Wishbone, both turkeys will be spared, regardless of social media popularity. They will live out the rest of their lives at Virginia Tech, at an exhibit called "Gobbler's Rest."
The first official turkey pardoning was done by former president George H. W. Bush in 1989.
Watch the pardoning ceremony above.