The Presidential Turkey Tradition
Every year come Thanksgiving, Americans are used to a familiar scene: the president meets for a quick photo op pardoning a bewildered bird.
The history seems a bit murky: Harry S. Truman had photos snapped of him with a turkey in 1949, but there's scant evidence the bird was pardoned. Dwight Eisenhower is reported to have eaten the birds presented to him.
John F. Kennedy - pictured above at the White House - is said to have started the pardoning tradition in 1963 when he decided to keep his bird.
Here's a look at presidents and their turkeys through the years.
(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)