President pardons turkey Butter, deemed 'safe' this Thanksgiving?

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Evolution of the White House Turkey Pardon

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President Donald Trump will follow in the footsteps of his predecessors and pardon one of two birds, giving the title to one of them -- the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

This year's candidates are Bread and Butter.

And Butter was the lucky bird to get the presidential pardon.

The two fowl were raised at a Clinton, North Carolina, farm which was chosen nine months ago, according to WTVD.

The turkeys were taken from the farm Friday to begin their trip to Washington, D.C. in advance of Tuesday's pardoning ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, WTVD reported.

The tradition of presenting the National Thanksgiving Turkey was started in 1947 by President Harry S. Truman, according to the White House. President George H.W. Bush was the first to issue an official presidential pardon.

The turkeys are getting the all-star treatment in a 5-star suite before their moment in the spotlight, WTVD reported.

After the ceremony, both of the birds will be moved to Gobblers Rest at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, CNN reported.

Last year's turkeys, Peas and Carrots, are still living at the university, CNN reported. Previous turkeys selected for the White House ceremony and relocated to Virginia Tech have died.

You can vote which turkey gets the honor on the White House's Twitter feed.

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