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White House to pardon turkeys

• Nov 21, 2017 at 5:00 PM

This is not fake news, although it sounds like it: The official turkey pair for the annual Thanksgiving pardon at the White House are in Washington, D.C., for today’s pardoning ceremony.

The event was announced on the White House Snapchat and Instagram accounts, according to Julia Manchester, a blogger for The Hill.

“The White House confirmed to The Hill that the two birds will be staying in the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, where rooms reportedly can cost between $200 to $3,500 per night,” she wrote in her Nov. 19 post. “The National Turkey Federation will foot the bill for the birds' lodgings, as it has in the past, according to the White House.”

This is not the first time turkeys have stayed in the luxury hotel before they are pardoned by the president, Manchester says. Turkeys have stayed in the swank D.C. hotel while they were prepped for the traditional Thanksgiving ceremony at the White House in years past.

The National Turkey Federation first presented a turkey to President Harry Truman in 1947, but it was former George H.W. Bush who started the tradition of pardoning turkeys while president in 1989.

Read the complete post: “Turkeys arrive in Washington for White House pardon.”

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