November 28, 1996 in Nation/World

Clinton Sticks Neck Out, Pardons White House Turkey

Newsday
 

President Clinton may have been mum about presidential pardons during the recent debates, but Wednesday he had no qualms about issuing one to a turkey.

“Tomorrow 45 million turkeys will pay the supreme sacrifice. I am going to keep at least one turkey off the Thanksgiving dinner table by giving a pardon to a turkey from Ohio,” Clinton said.

Clinton formally received the annual presidential turkey from the National Turkey Federation, a tradition since President Truman’s first poultry pardon in 1947. Clinton kept his remarks brief:

“We can all be thankful that there will be one less turkey in Washington, D.C., tomorrow.”

The turkey, a 28-week-old, 65-pound tom named Carl, wore a White House visitors pass around its neck, and graciously allowed Clinton and children from the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Big Brothers/Big Sisters programs to ruffle its feathers before he left to join a petting zoo.

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