President Harry S. Truman squints as he touches the wattle of a 35-pound Tom Turkey from Oregon as it is presented to him, in the White House Rose Garden on November 18, 1952. The turkey, intended for the president’s last Thanksgiving in the White House, was given by representatives of the Poultry and Egg National Board and the National Turkey Federation.
President John F. Kennedy reaches out to touch a 40-pound turkey, presented to him November 19, 1963, at the White House. Kennedy is thought to be the first president to pardon a turkey. He told those presenting the bird to ““just keep him.”
Washington, DC: President Johnson was presented with this 40-pound Thanksgiving turkey at the White House on November 16, 1967.
President Nixon giving an annual pardon to a Thanksgiving turkey on November 19, 1969.
President Gerald R. Ford is presented with a Thanksgiving turkey.
Rosalynn Carter and Amy Carter pardoning a turkey on November 21, 1978.
Ronald Reagan pardons a very excited Turkey on November 16, 1984.
U.S. President George H. Bush and Shannon Duffy, 8, of Fairfax, Virginia, look over a Thansgiving turkey presented to the President at the White House in Washington, Friday, November 18, 1989 by the National Turkey Foundation. The 50 pound bird is 28-2weeks, three-days old and comes from Detroit Lakes, Michigan. The President and Mrs. Bush donated the turkey to Frying Pan Park, a petting farm in Virginia.
President Clinton admires a 45-pound turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, November 24, 1998, where the president, in a pre-Thanksgiving tradition, pardoned the bird. The turkey was sent to the Frying Pan Park in Fairfax, Va.
President George W. Bush pets “Liberty” the turkey as he participates in the annual pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House on Monday, November 19, 2001. Liberty spent the rest of his life at a petting farm in Herndon, Va.
President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, pardons Liberty, a 19-week old, 45-pound turkey, on the occasion of Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 23, 2011, on the North Portico of the White House in Washington.