Just like pumpkin pie or football, the presidential pardon of some lucky turkeys is a Thanksgiving tradition.
On Wednesday, President Obama added Gobbler and Cobbler to a distinguished list, the Annual White House Turkey Pardon. But what happens to those birds after their moment in the spotlight?
They go to a the home of the nation's first president.
On the grounds of Mount Vernon, George Washington's Historic Estate in Virginia, lies a specially-prepared pen where the turkeys will be a main attraction at a holiday festival. After all, it was Washington who suggested a national day of thanksgiving in 1789.
"The holidays in the 18th century were a time for family and friends to get together for good food, good drink and just a good time together. Turkeys were a part of that celebration certainly…to eat," says Mount Vernon Horticulture Director Dean Norton.
And after the festival?
"They'll move back to our livestock department and be with all sorts of other animals and they're just always thrilled when they get back there."
New this year, the White House let Facebook users choose which bird would be the "official" national Thanksgiving turkey. Cobbler was declared the winner of that poll.
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