Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Obama Grants Reprieve to Turkeys 'Honest' and 'Abe'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Obama Grants Reprieve to Turkeys 'Honest' and 'Abe'

Article excerpt

WASHINGTON * President Barack Obama spared two turkeys named for one of the nation's most admired presidents, continuing a White House tradition that provides a refreshing sense of amusement and bipartisan cheer no matter how troubled the times.

Obama pardoned "Abe," the 2015 national Thanksgiving turkey, in a ceremony Wednesday in the Rose Garden. Abe gobbled right on cue as Obama finished his absolution.

Don't fret for "Honest," though, the second bird who was nearby, if off camera. Both turkeys will spend their remaining days living it up on a Virginia farm.

The birds hail from California, are 18 weeks old and weigh in at about 42 pounds each. The names of the turkeys were chosen from submissions entered by children in California.

Obama referred to Abe as TOTUS, or Turkey of the United States. …

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