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Posted by: News_Desk on 11/25/2020 08:21 PM Updated by: News_Desk on 11/25/2020 08:21 PM
Expires: 01/01/2025 12:00 AM

President Trump at the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony

Washington, DC...Well, thank you very much. Please. And I just want to congratulate everybody. The Dow Jones Industrial Average just broke, for the first time in history, 30,000. It’s now — (applause) — that’s good. That’s great for jobs, and it’s good for everything. And this is the ninth time that we set a record during the course of 2020, and it’s the 48th time that we’ve set the record during the Trump administration. And there’s never been anything like that. So I just want to congratulate everybody that worked so hard: the White House, but maybe most importantly, the people of our country. It’s a tremendous achievement.

The First Lady and I are thrilled to welcome you all to the beautiful Rose Garden where the First Lady actually worked very hard on renovating it. It was 61 years — it was in rough shape. Very big job, actually, when you go to the wires underground. People have no idea how complex it is, but you’ve done a fantastic job. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

And we’re also very happy to have with us my daughter, Ivanka, and Jared and Theodore, Arabella, and Joseph. Thank you very much for coming. (Applause.) They like the turkey. Thank you very much.

On behalf of the entire Trump family, I want to wish every American a healthy and very happy Thanksgiving. We’re here today to continue a beloved annual tradition: the official presidential pardon of a very, very fortunate turkey, because Thanksgiving is a special day for turkeys — I guess, probably for the most part, not a very good one when you think about it. The first turkey to dodge the White House dinner table received unofficial clemency when President Abraham Lincoln’s son, Tad, begged his father to spare his new friend.

For the past 73 years, the National Turkey Federation has presented the National Thanksgiving Turkey to the President. Starting under President George H.W. Bush, these birds have received a formal pardon every single year.

Today, it is my honor to present to you this year’s lucky bird, Corn, and, just in case we needed him, Cob. Corn and Cob. That’s not too hard to remember, is it?

These two magnificent gobblers were selected from the official presidential flock of 30 turkeys, some real beauties. They were raised by the Chairman of the National Turkey Federation himself, Ron Kardel. Ron — thank you very much, Ron. Please, stand up. Great job. (Applause.) Ron, thank you for being here, and your family — beautiful family. Thank you very much for being here. Appreciate it.

Like so many presidential flocks, this one started in the great state of Iowa in what can only been described as an act of blatant pandering. And, by the way, I love the state of Iowa.

These two turkeys sought to win the support of Iowans across the state by naming themselves Corn and Cob. After today’s ceremony, these birds will retire under the care of skilled veterinarians at Iowa State University, a tremendous university in Ames.

Once there, people of all ages will be able to visit them and learn about poultry science, veterinary medicine, and the noble American tradition of farming. We love our farmers, I’ll tell you. (Applause.) And we hope and we know that’s going to happen — that Corn and Cob have a very long, happy, and memorable life.

This year, our nation commemorates the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock. After arriving in the New World, the brave men and women of the Mayflower endured a bitter and dangerous winter — very, very dangerous winter. Many were sick, most were starving, and all were praying for a miracle. Thankfully, God heard their prayers.

From our earliest days, America has always been a story of perseverance and triumph, determination and strength, loyalty and faith. This week, in a time that is very unusual but in so many ways, very, very good — what we’ve endured and been able to endure, with the vaccines now coming out one after another. It’s an incredible thing that happened. One of the greatest medical achievements that this planet has ever seen.

But it’s time to remember that we live in a great, great country — the greatest of them all. And there’s nothing even close, as far as I’m concerned.

Every American can be united in thanksgiving to God for the incredible gifts he has bestowed upon us: the blessings of family, community, and this exceptional, beautiful, and great country. It’s greater than ever before.

During this Thanksgiving, we extend our eternal gratitude to the doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, and scientists who have waged the battle against the China virus, and we give thanks for the vaccines and therapies that will soon end the pandemic. It’s just — just such a tremendous feeling to know that they’re coming, and they’ll be coming probably starting next week, or shortly thereafter.

We send our love to every member of the armed forces and the law enforcement heroes risking their lives to keep America safe, to keep America great, and, as I say, “America first.” Shouldn’t go away from that: America first. (Applause.)

We give thanks to the priceless freedoms that we’ve inherited, and we ask God to watch over and protect our nation and its people during this incredible holiday and in all of the years to come. We ask that of God.

Once again, Melania and I wish to thank everybody for your incredible courtesies and also wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

And now it’s time for the moment of our guests of honor. They’ve been waiting, and, in this case, he’s been waiting for this. And bring them out. Look at that beautiful, beautiful bird. Oh, so lucky. That is a lucky bird.

Corn, I hereby grant you a full pardon. Thank you, Corn. What a bird. (Applause.) Thank you.

MR. KARDEL: (Inaudible.)

THE PRESIDENT: Iowa farm. I knew I liked you. (Laughter.) That’s great. Beautiful.

Happy Thanksgiving to everybody. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Have a good one.


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Pardon yourself
Posted on: 2020-11-25 20:55:26   By: Anonymous
Better save one for yourself

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    Re: Pardon yourself
    Posted on: 2020-11-25 22:01:34   By: Anonymous
    Bye Bye POS POTUS!!

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      Re: Pardon Me
      Posted on: 2020-11-26 06:36:42   By: Anonymous
      TRUMP for 8 More Years Yes "8"

      Love this Guy - What a Great President for all the people. . .

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        Re: Pardon Me
        Posted on: 2020-11-26 06:54:26   By: Anonymous
        How quickly you would install a dictator.

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          Re: Pardon Me
          Posted on: 2020-11-26 07:34:04   By: Anonymous
          Sniveler you're lower than Turkey Shi+...

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            Re: Pardon Me
            Posted on: 2020-11-26 08:04:13   By: Anonymous
            Taking this loss pretty hard, huh?

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              Re: Pardon?
              Posted on: 2020-11-26 08:23:05   By: Anonymous
              Maybe a pardon for Jumpin Joe Biden for enriching his entire family since he's been in government (47 years). Maybe a pardon for the little hunter, Hunter Biden so dad doesn't have to visit him in prison. How about a pardon for Obama, Comey and Hillary just do help clean up the swamp? He shouldn't forget a pardon for ole Bill Clinton too, that Clinton Foundation commanded a lot of money from all over the world. A pardon for all of the liars (Schiff, that were part of the never-ending impeachment scam. So much to do and so many in need!

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                Re: Pardon?
                Posted on: 2020-11-26 08:28:35   By: Anonymous
                No names of the non-elected

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                  Re: Pardon?
                  Posted on: 2020-11-26 08:39:55   By: Anonymous
                  Trump didn't want anything to do with that turkey. Didn't even get close to it. Lets see. No WH dog, no WH cat. Afraid of a turkey. Yeah......he's normal.

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                    Re: Pardon?
                    Posted on: 2020-11-26 09:23:18   By: Anonymous
                    Did he pardon just the white meat? Bye bye potus.

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                      Re: Pardon?
                      Posted on: 2020-11-26 10:36:54   By: Anonymous
                      Good one! You're fired trump - at least for four more years!

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                Re: Pardon?
                Posted on: 2020-11-26 11:32:37   By: Anonymous
                Not one of those people have been charged with a crime. What’s to pardon?

                Trump, however, is unindicted co-conspirator Individual-1 in at least one case. Michael Cohen went to jail for Donald’s crimes, and now he will too.

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                  Re: Pardon?
                  Posted on: 2020-11-26 16:05:34   By: Anonymous
                  Yes!!, You can bet trump and company are trying to cover their trails by deleting, destroying evidence, Secret servers, Giving pardons to people who might testify against them, or give leading evidence against them. Their level of corruption and illegal manipulations is unmatched in American political. Feds and states have plenty of probable cause to charge them.

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                    Re: Pardon?
                    Posted on: 2020-11-27 20:47:14   By: Anonymous
                    I'd like to do a little gobbllin on Melania!

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    Re: Pardon yourself
    Posted on: 2020-11-27 22:21:08   By: Anonymous
    Which one is the turkey?

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-11-26 11:18:42   By: Anonymous
Thank you Mr President, because of you our offer on 150 Acre ranch in Nevada was accepted and we won't be selling our home here, at least for the time being.
Thank you for the stock market at all time highs and a great economy even during the covid-19 pandemic.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, and please give thanks to our military, and first responders who put their lives on the line for us daily. What a great country, free speech, Bill of Rights, the Constitution. The American Dream, and many people who now who want to take that away from us. It's a shame the left has become so radical, I just hope that bites them in the rear for decades to come.
Oh and please do what our Democrat Governor is ordering you to do, Do as he says, not what he does! RIGHT?
HAPPY Thanksgiving

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    Posted on: 2020-11-26 11:34:21   By: Anonymous
    You think this area hates flatlanders? Wait until you see how Nevadans feel about transplants from California! 🤣

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      Which One Is The Turkey?
      Posted on: 2020-11-26 11:47:08   By: Anonymous
      There is confusion, which one is the turkey?

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    Posted on: 2020-11-26 12:49:19   By: Anonymous
    Melania thinks fondly of Barron as she gets ready the turkey baster.....

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-11-26 16:53:16   By: Anonymous
Spoken like someone who has no clue what the Dow represents.

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    Posted on: 2020-11-26 17:53:12   By: Anonymous
    Free the turkeys. Trump to prison

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