White House turkey pardon: Did John F. Kennedy start the tradition?

November 26, 2014 6:10 PM

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Kennedy didn't actually pardon the turkey, he merely extended its life, producing some great photo ops. It was George H. W. Bush who first offered an actual pardon.

WASHINGTON — Was John F. Kennedy the first US president to pardon a turkey? There’s evidence that’s the case, though he never used the word “pardon." He merely intervened to save poultry life.

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