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President Biden pardoned two turkeys named for his favorite ice cream flavor


The two national Thanksgiving turkeys, Chocolate and Chip, are photographed before a pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022 Associated Press Photo/Andrew Harnik

NICK EICHER, HOST: President Biden continued a White House tradition that began when he was just five years old: the presidential Thanksgiving pardon. So just by declaring it, the president excused two large turkeys from the Thanksgiving dinner table.

BIDEN: And now, based on their temperament and commitment to being productive members of society, I hereby pardon Chocolate and Chip.

Of course those are the names—chocolate chip—that’s Biden’s favorite ice cream.

But back to poultry. These turkeys are from Monroe, North Carolina courtesy of The National Turkey Federation, the official sponsor of the turkey tradition going all the way back to President Harry Truman in 1947.

Chocolate and Chip will now be free to indulge their intellectual pursuits as they live the rest of their lives on the campus of North Carolina State University.

It’s The World and Everything in It.

NICK EICHER, HOST: President Biden continued a White House tradition that began when he was just five years old: the presidential Thanksgiving pardon. So just by declaring it, the president excused two large turkeys from the Thanksgiving dinner table.

BIDEN: And now, based on their temperament and commitment to being productive members of society, I hereby pardon Chocolate and Chip.

Of course those are the names—chocolate chip—that’s Biden’s favorite ice cream.

But back to poultry. These turkeys are from Monroe, North Carolina courtesy of The National Turkey Federation, the official sponsor of the turkey tradition going all the way back to President Harry Truman in 1947.

Chocolate and Chip will now be free to indulge their intellectual pursuits as they live the rest of their lives on the campus of North Carolina State University.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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