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Kicker - Thanksgiving reprieve

WORLD Radio - Kicker - Thanksgiving reprieve

President Biden issues his first official pardon

The two national Thanksgiving turkeys, Peanut Butter and Jelly, are photographed in the Rose Garden of the White House before a pardon ceremony in Washington, Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. Susan Walsh/Associated Press Photo

NICK EICHER, HOST: Nothing like political pseudo events to lighten the mood, so it falls to me to announce President Biden’s first-ever presidential pardon.

BIDEN: By the power vested in me as president of the United States, I pardon you.

It’s the week of Thanksgiving, so you know what’s coming next.

But give the president some credit, he did get the birds to speak up in their own inimitable way.

BIDEN: I pardon you this thanksgiving. … Go ahead and say something [gobble -- laughs]

The birds hail from Jasper, a small southern Indiana town, interestingly about half an hour’s drive north of the town of Santa Claus, Indiana, but that’s another story for another day.

Schoolchildren in Jasper named the two happy birds Peanut Butter and Jelly, of course.

After departing the White House, the turkeys headed back to Indiana where they will live out the remainder of their lives at Purdue University’s Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm living the academic life.

It’s The World and Everything in It.

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