November 20th, 2007
02:22 PM ET
13 years ago

Bush pardons two turkeys

President Bush spared "May" and "Flower" Tuesday morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Adhering to a tradition now entering its 60th year, President Bush on Tuesday delivered a full presidential pardon to the national Thanksgiving turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House.

He also announced the names of the bird and its alternate, which were chosen by people who voted online. They will officially be called May and Flower, the president said.

"That's certainly better than the names the vice president suggested: Lunch and Dinner," Bush joked.

On a more serious note, the president reminded Americans they have much to be thankful for this holiday season.

"This Thanksgiving we are grateful for a harvest big enough to feed us all and millions more. We're grateful for citizens who reach out to those who struggle, from neighbors in need to the strangers they've never met," he said.

"We're grateful for working Americans, who've given us the longest period of uninterrupted job creation on record and a prosperity that lifts our citizens.

"And we're grateful for one blessing in particular: the men and women of the United States military. They've worn proudly the uniform of our country. They have offered their lives in our defense, and each year thousands more volunteer to join their noble ranks and to keep us safe.

"And so on this Thanksgiving, we keep their families and their loved ones in our prayers and in our thoughts," Bush said.

The turkeys chosen for this year's honor came from a farm in Dubois, Ind., according to the White House Web site, and were raised under the direction of National Turkey Federation Chairman Ted Seger.

After the Rose Garden ceremony, the turkeys will be flown first-class to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., where they will be the grand marshals of the Disney Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Web site said.

Afterward, they'll live at Mickey's Country House in Magic Kingdom Park.

"May they live the rest of their lives in blissful gobbling and may all Americans enjoy a holiday filled with love and peace," the president said.

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soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. McLean, VA

    Cheney looks like he had two entire turkeys for lunch and dinner. Have you seen his gut recently?

    November 20, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  2. dave, blacksburg VA

    ... wow ... its amazing how such an innocent story about the annual presidential turkey pardon brings out all the kooks suffering from bush-derangement-syndrome ... thankfully most are too stupid to know how to vote ... lol

    November 20, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Nom, Phila, PA

    Now to rile the Birkenstock crowd:

    PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals.

    If God didn't want us to eat them, why did he make them taste so good?

    November 20, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. Ann, Canada

    As much fun as it was to see him pardon turkeys 2 and 3 today, maybe he could have been serious enough to say that he would also give thanks to the border guards and their work by pardonning the two he has sitting in jail for 12 years while a drug smuggler was considered a more credible source than they were and to appease complaints from Mexico. Maybe he could fly them and their families first class with the turkeys and treat them to DineyWorld as well for all he's put them through.

    November 20, 2007 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  5. Todd, Rockford Illinois

    If someone intentionally posts comments on a forum to incite others hes called a troll. Why do we have a Vice President who wants to purposedly incite others? I eat turkey on Thanksgiving just like millions of Americans, I just don't rub it in the face of people with alternative views, like PETA or vegetarians. Cheney is an a**.

    November 20, 2007 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    dubya ain't that bright. but the people who don't want cheney running their company, ain't that bright either

    November 20, 2007 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Jackson, Morongo Valley, CA

    I like Cheney's names for the turkeys ... wonder what he calls Bush?

    November 20, 2007 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  8. Ron Eisenberg Overland Park Kansas

    How about Cheney renaming himself,I'm outta here.

    Then there would be one less Turkey in the White House.

    November 20, 2007 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. Julie K

    Where do all the pardoned turkeys go? Is there a retirement village somewhere on the white house lawn?

    November 20, 2007 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  10. Jonathan Detroit, Michigan

    You know liberals and democrats are scraping the barrel when they insult the President for naming a turkey. Sad.

    November 20, 2007 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Brent, Jasper, IN

    Listen to the liberals make fun of Bush for pardoning the turkey. If it were Clinton, you could be sure the turkey's tonsils would be getting checked...gobble gobble tree huggers.

    November 20, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  12. Jeff K, Stevensville, MI

    These 2 turkeys were pardoned. All the other turkeys were classified as "terrorists" and will be brought to justice.

    November 20, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Brad, Lincoln NE

    You know, it amazes me that not even a holiday can assuage one's hatred for the president... I don't even know what to say to all you pinheads who find this to be a source of insult for Bush and Cheney.

    And come one... Lunch and Dinner? That's hilarious. Maybe if Hillary said it, you might find it more amusing.

    November 20, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. Joel

    Isn't it so like Cheney, condemn a criminal after he has already been pardonned by Bush. Of course, this goes on all the time.

    November 20, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. Aaron, Seattle Wa

    a pig and a chicken naming turkeys.

    November 20, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Cristin, New Paltz, NY

    I don't take issue with Bush pardoning a turkey, or even with Cheney's suggested names. I take issue with Bush's blatent ignorance. "A harvest big enough to feed us all, and millions more." Really? So what about the homeless? The individuals who DON'T have a harvest big enough to feed them? The children who will go to bed with empty tummies on Thursday night because mommy or daddy can't put food on the table? I wish we could be grateful for such a harvest in this country, but, sadly, it's not happening this year.
    Happy Thanksgiving all. Please do what you can to help those who don't have enough.

    November 20, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Tom Tofu

    Do turkeys apologize to Cheney and his family after they get shot?

    November 20, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. David, Annandale, VA

    Well, honestly, this isn't the right place to bash Bush. He just pardoned two turkeys, followed tradition of some sort, nothing wrong with that. Being a lame-duck president doesn't give you that much to do honestly, so who cares what Bush does so long as it isn't spending billions of dollars or making new enemies.

    What is strange is that Bush said Cheney would call the two turkeys that were being pardoned lunch and dinner. Yes, it was funny, but it really adds to Cheney's persona as a ruthless and coldhearted person... it is a little scary that Cheney seems to match the stereotype they gave of him in the TV Show Lil' Bush (wherein he grabs birds, tears off their heads and drinks their blood) so well.

    November 20, 2007 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. David, Monterey, CA

    Cheney needs to lay off the turkey...he's as big as a freakin' houseboat!

    November 20, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  20. misty Macon missouri

    I noticed President Bush knows how to talk turkey,to a turkey.Not really impressed,what I would like to know, is,can he pardon Shasta,the polar bear.She says Bush isnt listening.~Missouri

    November 20, 2007 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. Scott, Madison, WI

    How about naming them birdshot and slipshod to sum up this administration's term(s) in office?

    Ah yes, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, a majority of the nation is thankful we have only a little over one more year to endure the wrath of this merry band of criminals.

    Kind of hard to have a sense of humor about an administration that has been playing jokes on America and abroad for the last 7 years with such dire consequences.

    One turkey with no name would sum up the accomplishments(???) of this Fowl-in-Chief and all his accomplices.

    November 20, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  22. Condie

    What about Dick and Dub?

    November 20, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. steve feldt, arlington va.

    MEMO to people who don't pay attention:

    President Bush "pardons" a turkey every year. His predecessor pardoned a turkey too . This is nothing new, so calm down.

    p.s. Who will the liberals and Code Stink direct their angst at if there's a Democrat in the White House? They won't know who to be mad at...

    November 20, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Madeliene Bolden; Atlanta, Georgia

    This is a silly tradition. Who started it and why?

    We do have much to be thankful for as a nation. I do believe that. I will be even more thankful when our troops have pulled out of Iraq.

    November 20, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Dennis, Great Lakes, IL

    Gee, is it humanly possible to write something without throwing the, "Liberal card" around?

    November 20, 2007 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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