Biden to pardon two turkeys in Thanksgiving tradition

President Biden will pardon two turkeys at the White House Monday, continuing a presidential tradition of letting some birds off the hook for Thanksgiving.

The National Turkey Federation has donated turkeys to the president ahead of Thanksgiving since 1947 under President Harry Truman. President John F. Kennedy is believed to be the first president to spare the turkey, and President George H. W. Bush was the first to formalize the “pardon” tradition.

President Biden will pardon two Thanksgiving turkeys on Monday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Biden will pardon two Thanksgiving turkeys on Monday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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Biden last year pardoned turkeys named “Peanut Butter” and “Jelly” from Indiana. This year’s turkeys, “Chocolate” and “Chip,” come from North Carolina.

President Biden greets children at the 2021 Thanksgiving turkey pardoning. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

President Biden greets children at the 2021 Thanksgiving turkey pardoning. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

The pardons come one day after Biden turned 80 and became the first president to hit that milestone in office.

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Biden pardons the national Thanksgiving turkey, Peanut Butter, in 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Biden pardons the national Thanksgiving turkey, Peanut Butter, in 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates at 40 million turkeys will be consumed at Thanksgiving this year.

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