‘9.5M turkeys, that’s like some of the countries I’ve been to’ Biden says during Thanksgiving pardon

‘Nine and a half million turkeys, I tell you what, that’s like some of the countries I’ve been to’: Biden raises eyebrows with bizarre comparison during Thanksgiving pardoning – where he wrongly claimed Delaware has the most chickens in the U.S.

  • President Joe Biden compared the number of turkeys raised on a farm in North Carolina to the populations of some countries he’s visited
  • Happened during the Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon at the White House Monday 
  • He also claimed that Delaware doesn’t have any turkeys, which is not true, but said the state has the most chickens in the country, which is also incorrect 
  • Biden turned over the microphone to the turkey named Chocolate at one point, asking the bird if they had anything to say 
  • Biden pardoned two Thanksgiving turkeys, named Chocolate and Chip 
  • He promised a brief speech saying: ‘Nobody likes it when their turkey gets cold’
  • His remarks were punctuated by the occasional gobbling of the turkeys and the barks of his dog Commander

Joe Biden made an odd comparison saying some countries he visited have similar populations to the volume of turkeys raised on a farm from which the Turkey Pardon birds were brought in this year.

He also claimed during his speech Monday that his home state of Delaware doesn’t have any turkeys, which it does, and said they have the most chickens than any other U.S. state, which it does not. 

The president raised eyebrows after asking one of the Thanksgiving Turkeys if they wanted to speak and offering them the microphone after expressing shock over the sheer volume of turkeys on the North Carolina farm. 

‘How many turkeys you got down there?’ Biden asked National Turkey Federation Chair Ronnie Parker at the White House Turkey Pardon on Monday.

Parker informed the president that there are about 9.5 million birds.

‘God love ya. 9.5 million turkeys,’ Biden told the crowd to whistles and some ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’.

‘I tell ya what, that’s like some of the countries I’ve been to and they — anyway…’ the president cut himself off and looked toward one of the two turkeys.

‘You wanna talk?’ he asked, directing the microphone toward the turkey’s beak before turning around and walking away to some awkward laughter.

Biden has traveled to more than a dozen countries as president so far – some with populations that are similar to the turkey farm size, like Israel. 

President Biden’s second Thanksgiving Turkey pardon on Monday was met with a pun-filled speech promising there was no ‘fowl play’ in the 2022 midterms and insisting the only ‘red wave’ this year would be his German Shepherd dog Commander knocked over the cranberry sauce. 

President Joe Biden made a bizarre comparison to the number of turkeys raised on a farm in North Carolina to the populations of some countries he's visited. Pictured: Biden pardons Chocolate during the Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon at the White House on Monday

President Joe Biden made a bizarre comparison to the number of turkeys raised on a farm in North Carolina to the populations of some countries he’s visited. Pictured: Biden pardons Chocolate during the Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon at the White House on Monday

Biden turned over the microphone to Chocolate at one point, asking the turkey if they had anything to say. He delivered a pun-laden speech and promised not to 'gobble up time'

Biden turned over the microphone to Chocolate at one point, asking the turkey if they had anything to say. He delivered a pun-laden speech and promised not to ‘gobble up time’ 

The president pardoned two turkeys, Chocolate and Chip, on Monday at the White House

The president pardoned two turkeys, Chocolate and Chip, on Monday at the White House 

‘We have more chickens than anybody in the nation in Delaware, but we don’t have turkeys,’ Biden claimed at one point in the speech.

When it comes to chickens, Iowa comes in first with 60 million, followed by Ohio with 45.8 million and Indiana with 45.6 million, according to Statista.

He started off the speech by saying of the holiday event: ‘It’s a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition here at the White House. There’s a lot to say about it, but it’s chilly outside so I’m going to keep this short.’

‘Nobody likes it when their turkey gets cold,’ he said, referencing the crisp, 40-degree weather.

His remarks were interrupted at times by the gobbling of turkeys and the barking of Commander, exiled to the balcony of the south portico for fear that he would chase the turkeys. 

‘Of course, chocolate is my favorite ice cream. We could have named them CHIPS and Science,’ Biden added in reference to infrastructure legislation he passed earlier this year.

Biden’s son Hunter and grandson Beau looked on as the president issued the ceremonial pardon.

Hunter Biden and his son Beau inspected the two national Thanksgiving turkeys, before they were pardoned on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday morning in front of a huge audience

Hunter Biden and his son Beau inspected the two national Thanksgiving turkeys, before they were pardoned on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday morning in front of a huge audience

Biden's dog Commander was not allowed to join the fun for fear he would chase the guests of honor . He kept a keen watch on proceedings and barked frequently, upstaging the president at times on Monday morning

Biden’s dog Commander was not allowed to join the fun for fear he would chase the guests of honor . He kept a keen watch on proceedings and barked frequently, upstaging the president at times on Monday morning

‘That’s my grandson Beau up there and my granddaughter,’ said Biden, spotting them on the balcony above. ‘Don’t let him jump.’

Biden unleashed his best Turkey puns throughout the address. 

‘I want to thank them for being here as well, but before I gobble up too much time,’ Biden said, as the turkeys started gobbling. ‘I didn’t mean to get you started, man.’ 

Biden also took the opportunity to mock Republicans after his party enjoyed better than expected midterm results. 

‘First of all the voter ID have been counted, verified,’ he said.

‘There’s no ballot stuffing, there’s no fowl play, the only red wave this season’s gonna be a German Shepherd Commander knocks over the cranberry sauce on our table.’

Republicans had predicted a red wave in November’s midterm elections, but what materialized was a loss to Democrats in the Senate and a narrow majority in the House.  

After the ceremony,  Biden greeted schoolchildren from Brooklyn who attended the ceremony

After the ceremony,  Biden greeted schoolchildren from Brooklyn who attended the ceremony

Hunter holds onto son Beau as he greets the White House turkeys from a North Carolina firm, Chocolate and Chip

Hunter holds onto son Beau as he greets the White House turkeys from a North Carolina firm, Chocolate and Chip

'Of course, chocolate is my favorite ice cream. We could have named them CHIPS and Science,' Biden added in reference to infrastructure legislation he passed earlier this year

‘Of course, chocolate is my favorite ice cream. We could have named them CHIPS and Science,’ Biden added in reference to infrastructure legislation he passed earlier this year

Before their big day, Chocolate and Chip spend the night living it up at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Before their big day, Chocolate and Chip spend the night living it up at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Attendees were entertained with a poultry themed playlist ahead of the ceremony, including Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd. 

The White House is already in full holiday mode. Saturday brought a rare White House wedding (featuring the president’s granddaughter Naomi) followed by Biden’s 80th birthday on Sunday.

Later on Monday, the first lady is due to welcome the year’s Christmas tree before flying out with her husband for a ‘Friendsgiving’ dinner on a military base.

On Tuesday, they fly off to the Massachusetts island of Nantucket for their own Thanksgiving break. 

On Saturday the first family celebrated the wedding of Biden's granddaughter Naomi to Peter Neal. On Tuesday the president and first lady fly out for their Thanksgiving vacation on Nantucket

On Saturday the first family celebrated the wedding of Biden’s granddaughter Naomi to Peter Neal. On Tuesday the president and first lady fly out for their Thanksgiving vacation on Nantucket

But Monday, brought the traditional pardoning of the turkey – plus a spare. 

The birds came from a farm in North Carolina and weighed 46 and 47 pounds each.  

‘Chocolate weighs 46 pounds and I’m told he loves catching sun on the Outer Banks,’ he said.

‘Chip weighs 47. And he loves barbecue and basketball, I’m told. 

‘After receiving their presidential pardon today Chocolate and Chip are gonna head to one of the nation’s great basketball schools and research universities North Carolina State. 

‘Now, when we told them they were joining the Wolfpack they got a little scared. But then we explained it was just a mascot for the school … has one of the nation’s best poultry science departments in the country.’

The turkeys may have been pardoned, but families have no let off this year as they count the cost of rising prices. 

Americans are poised to spend $64.05 on a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people - 20 percent more than last year as the prices of nearly all foods have gone up

Americans are poised to spend $64.05 on a Thanksgiving meal for 10 people – 20 percent more than last year as the prices of nearly all foods have gone up 

It's by far the most expensive Thanksgiving meal since the American Farm Bureau Federation started its annual survey

It’s by far the most expensive Thanksgiving meal since the American Farm Bureau Federation started its annual survey 

The cost of a complete Thanksgiving meal for 10 will be 20 percent higher than last year. 

In 2021, Americans paid an average of $53.31 on the holiday dinner, but now the meal, with all the fixings included, will cost up to $64.05, according to the latest survey from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).   

The increase comes as the price of stuffing, sweet potatoes, veggies, pumpkin pies and nearly all the usual Thanksgiving treats soar as inflation remains stubbornly high at 7.7 percent.  

The biggest jump in cost, however, comes through the must-have turkey, with the centerpiece now fetching about $28.96, or $1.81 a pound.

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