President Donald Trump is set to pardon a pair of turkeys Tuesday from ending up on the dinner table this Thanksgiving. But in later years Coolidge gave in after the White House was flooded with Thanksgiving offerings of everything from turkeys and ducks to deer and even a live raccoon. "Nonetheless, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I will be issuing both Peas and Carrots a presidential pardon".
"Gobbler's Rest" has housed pardoned turkeys for the past three years, starting with President Barack Obama's final birds, Tater and Tot. Peas won in an "a fair and open election", Trump said, adding: "Unfortunately carrots refused to concede and demanded a recount".
While only one of the turkeys will get President Trump's official pardon, both will be spared a deadly Thanksgiving fate and will live out the rest of their lives at Virginia Tech University.
Mr. Trump also said that the turkeys' time at Virginia Tech will not be entirely stress-free.
Trump, alongside USA first lady Melania Trump, approached the table where Peas sat and pardoned the turkey.
While Trump delights in upending some White House traditions, he has gobbled this one up gamely, ignoring W.C. Fields' sage advice about the perils of working with animals. Ronald Reagan was the first to use the term pardon when he was talking turkey in 1987.
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The first documented turkey pardon was given by President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Many of the The White House's Twitter followers have since taken to joking about the pardoning of Peas, with one person joking, "Good to see a that #Trump has given Peas a chance".
Pardoning the turkeys didn't catch on right away. Carrots, I'm sorry to tell you the results did not change. "Always happens", Trump said jokingly. PETA has called the presidential pardoning a "sorely outdated event" that "makes light of the mass slaughter of some 45 million gentle, intelligent birds".
President George HW Bush established the annual turkey pardon tradition in 1989 by sparing a 50-pound bird.
And despite the pardons, he said, they shouldn't relax.