White House Releases "Preview" Of Turkey Pardon

The White House has released what looks like a movie trailer to preview the pardoning of "Courage," a turkey from Wayne County.

Click here to watch the video.

The actual ceremony is scheduled to take place in the Rose Garden of the White House at 11:35 a.m. The event will be streamed live at www.whitehouse.gov.

The White House website says "On November 25, 2009, one lone turkey will walk the hallowed halls of the West Wing... and leave a free bird."



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A turkey from here in Eastern Carolina is in the national spotlight this week.

The 40-pound gobbler from the Wayne County farm of Bryant and Debbie Worley will be pardoned this week at the White House.

The turkey, named "Courage", received an official send-off Monday from the state agriculture commissioner and the head of the National Turkey Federation. President Barrack Obama is expected to give the turkey an official pardon on Wednesday.

President Harry Truman was the first to offer a Thanksgiving turkey pardon, back in 1947.

The last time a president pardoned a turkey from Eastern Carolina was in 2001.


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  • by Laid off an hating it on Nov 25, 2009 at 12:13 PM
    Come on people have some fun with it.Everybody dont have to be so serious all the time.And Turkey thats funny.
  • by Citizen Location: Kinston on Nov 25, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    Obama will pardon the turkey, along with the Gimo terrorists!
  • by Turkey Location: NC on Nov 25, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    You read this board for a while and you understand why they got the turkey from eastern NC. Whew!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Nov 25, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    No Anon, we're not required to "get over it". This country is in a depression, not a recession. We have a right to be disgusted that there are people who would like to eat those turkies rather than have them pampered like celebrities. How much money do you think is being spent on stupidities like this anyway? That includes operas, puppies, turkies, and all. I don't care of it's Obama or your grandma, if it's someone who has the position to do something about our situation they need to be more focused on the situation & stop trying to be such a #@%^! celebrity. Everybody who wants to defend this travisty excuse for a leader compares to priors (who ALSO needed to be criticized many times), as if it makes his current actions A-OK. It's a stupid "tradition" made worse by the obvious present needs in this country. I got an idea on cutbacks - how about starting at the top? I bet a lot of people would like to trade refrigerators with the president. Wouldn't you?
  • by Vance on Nov 25, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    I am wondering if this turkey is OutsideLookingIn.Thats funny.
  • by Vance on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:32 AM
    Being the Prez is not going to eat turkey this year I wonder if he is going to have fried chicken,collard greens with pig tails,corn bread and for a snack watermelon.Sounds good to me.
  • by girl Location: williamston on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    Way to go Booorack Oblahma!
  • by JB Location: Washington on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    I wonder which turkey he pardoned. Van Jones or Anita Dunn? Or was it Bill Ayers?
  • by Henry Location: Kenly on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    I was thinking the bird was from Princeton,N.C. Shout-Out to Johnston Co.
  • by VLD on Nov 25, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    Look its Lavon
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