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  • President Biden Greets Guests at 2021 Turkey Pardon
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. In this photograph, President Biden is seen greeting guests. During the ceremony, Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Pictured here, guests gather in the Rose Garden ahead of the ceremony. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Pictured here is a young guest at the ceremony. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • President Biden Speaks at 2021 Turkey Pardon
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden speaking at the 2021 turkey pardon ceremony was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • President Biden Speaks at 2021 Turkey Pardon
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden speaking at the 2021 turkey pardon ceremony was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • President Biden Speaks at 2021 Turkey Pardon
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden speaking at the 2021 turkey pardon ceremony was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • President Biden Speaks at 2021 Turkey Pardon
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden speaking at the 2021 turkey pardon ceremony was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • President Biden Greets Guests at 2021 Turkey Pardon
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. In this photograph, President Biden is seen greeting guests. During the ceremony, Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • President Biden Greets Guests at 2021 Turkey Pardon
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. In this photograph, President Biden is seen greeting guests. During the ceremony, Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • President Biden Greets Guests at 2021 Turkey Pardon
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. In this photograph, President Biden is seen greeting guests. During the ceremony, Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • President Biden Greets Guests at 2021 Turkey Pardon
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. In this photograph, President Biden is seen greeting guests. During the ceremony, Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • President Biden Greets Guests at 2021 Turkey Pardon
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. In this photograph, President Biden is seen greeting guests. During the ceremony, Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • President Biden Greets Guests at 2021 Turkey Pardon
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of President Joseph R. Biden was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. In this photograph, President Biden is seen greeting guests. During the ceremony, Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Pictured here are guests gathered in the Rose Garden for the ceremony. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly at 2021 Turkey Pardon Ceremony
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of turkeys Peanut Butter and Jelly was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph of guests interacting with a turkey was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Turkey Pardon
    Thanksgiving
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    military
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Pictured here are two White House social aides. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Rose Garden
    South Grounds
    Thanksgiving
    Turkey Pardon
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Pictured here is a young guest at the ceremony. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.
  • Turkey Pardon Ceremony, 2021
    Thomas Goertel
    Turkey Pardon
    Thanksgiving
    South Grounds
    Rose Garden
    military
    This photograph was taken by Thomas Goertel on November 19, 2021 during a turkey pardon ceremony in the Rose Garden. During the ceremony, President Joseph R. Biden formally "pardoned" Peanut Butter and also offered a reprieve to alternate, Jelly. The turkeys were raised Farbest Farms in Jasper, Indiana, and after the ceremony were transferred to Purdue University's Animal Sciences Research and Education Farm in West Lafayette, Indiana. The turkeys were presented by the National Turkey Federation by grower Andrea Welp and Phil Seger, chairman of the National Turkey Federation. Pictured here is a White House social aide. Presidents and their families have received turkeys for the holidays as far back as the 1870s. However, the origin of the turkey pardon is said to have started with President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, after he offered clemency to a turkey purchased for Christmas dinner at his son's request. The pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey became a formalized tradition during the George H. W. Bush administration.