WASHINGTON (AP) - It's official: President Barack Obama has
pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey.
Continuing a decades-old White House tradition, Obama issued
pardons Wednesday to a gobbler named "Apple" and its alternate,
"Cider.' The two 21-week-old, 45-pound turkeys were raised on a
Obama said it "feels pretty good to stop at least one
shellacking this November."
The president wished America's families, including many buffeted
by the economic slump, a safe and happy holiday.
After the Rose Garden ceremony, the turkeys were to be taken to
George Washington's estate at nearby Mount Vernon, Va., to live.
For the past five years, the pardoned turkeys had been sent to
Disneyland in California.
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