WASHINGTON — Just back from Asia, President Barack Obama has ordered two predator strikes on White House turkeys in a modern variation of an annual Thanksgiving rite.
Cobbler, the newly designated national turkey, and his alternate, Gobbler, are getting roasted.
Both are 19-week-old, 40-pound turkeys from Virginia. Their names were selected from submissions by an F.B.I. terrorism task force.
The tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey at the White House started with President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Over the years the tradition has been altered to keep up with concerns of the time. In 1996 President Clinton had the turkeys smoke one of his cigars. Then in 2004 President Bush had the Turkeys secretly flown to mountains in Nepal where they were moistened by submerging their heads in water for several seconds.
- Obama to pardon Thanksgiving turkey (sfgate.com)
- PETA asks Obama to skip ‘outdated’ Thanksgiving turkey pardon ceremony (thehill.com)
- Thanksgiving Decision 2012: Cobbler or Gobbler? (whitehouse.gov)