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Presidents and Turkeys

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)

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