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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (L) and her daughters Sasha Obama (obscured) and Malia Obama, their family dogs, Bo and Sonny; and the tree grower Chris Botek (R) and his father Francis Botek of Lehighton, PA, receive the White House Christmas Tree on the north side driveway of the White House November 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. The 18 1/2 feet tall white fir tree will be displayed in the Blue Room and will be the centerpiece of the White House holiday decorations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: The official White House Christmas Tree from Lehighton, PA, is delivered November 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. The 18 1/2 feet tall white fir tree will be displayed in the Blue Room and will be the centerpiece of the White House holiday decorations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: U.S. First lady Michelle Obama smells the White House Christmas Tree with her daughters Sasha Obama (L) and Malia Obama and their family dogs, Bo and Sonny, and the tree grower Chris Botek and his father Francis Botek of Lehighton, PA, on the north side driveway of the White House November 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. The 18 1/2 feet tall white fir tree will be displayed in the Blue Room and will be the centerpiece of the White House holiday decorations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha Obama (L) and Malia Obama (R), their family dogs, Bo and Sonny; and the tree grower Chris Botek (2nd R) and his father Francis Botek of Lehighton, PA, receive the White House Christmas Tree on the north side driveway of the White House November 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. The 18 1/2 feet tall white fir tree will be displayed in the Blue Room and will be the centerpiece of the White House holiday decorations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama smells the White House Christmas Tree after it was delivered on the north side driveway of the White House November 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. The 18 1/2 feet tall white fir tree will be displayed in the Blue Room and will be the centerpiece of the White House holiday decorations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, her daughter Malia Obama and family dog Bo receive the White House Christmas Tree on the north side driveway of the White House November 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. The 18 1/2 feet tall white fir tree will be displayed in the Blue Room and will be the centerpiece of the White House holiday decorations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (2nd L), her daughters Sasha Obama (R) and Malia Obama and their family dogs, Bo and Sonny; and tree growers Chris Botek (L) and Francis Botek of Lehighton, PA, walk out of the White House before receiving the White House Christmas Tree on the North Portico November 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. The 18 1/2 feet tall white fir tree will be displayed in the Blue Room and will be the centerpiece of the White House holiday decorations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) and tree grower Chris Botek (L) and his father Francis Botek of Lehighton, PA, wave to the news media after Obama received the White House Christmas Tree on the north side driveway of the White House November 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. The 18 1/2 feet tall white fir tree will be displayed in the Blue Room and will be the centerpiece of the White House holiday decorations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama (2nd R), and her daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (3rd R) walk around as the White House Christmas Tree is delivered to the White House in Washington, DC, November 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
The White House Christmas Tree, an 18-foot Douglas fir, is delivered to the White House in Washington, DC, on November 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
The US President's daughter, Sasha Obama(L), holds back the family dog, Sunny, as the White House Christmas Tree is delivered to the White House in Washington, DC, November 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: Ornaments hang on the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room of the White House during an event to preview the 2013 holiday decorations December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hosted military families for the first viewing of the decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: The official White House Christmas Tree (L) stands in the Blue Room of the White House as another Christmas tree (R) is seen in the Red Room during an event to preview the 2013 holiday decorations December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hosted military families for the first viewing of the decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (3rd L) greets military children at the State Dining Room of the White House during an event to preview the 2013 holiday decorations December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. The first lady hosted military families for the first viewing of the decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: Ornaments hang on the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room of the White House during an event to preview the 2013 holiday decorations December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hosted military families for the first viewing of the decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (R) hugs Diane Cole of Phoenix, Arizona, at the East Room of the White House during an event to preview the 2013 holiday decorations December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. The first lady hosted military families for the first viewing of the decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: Holiday decorations are displayed in the State Dining Room of the White House during an event to preview the 2013 holiday decorations December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hosted military families for the first viewing of the decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: TV news cameramen photograph the official White House Christmas Tree in the Blue Room of the White House during an event to preview the 2013 holiday decorations December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hosted military families for the first viewing of the decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: The White House gingerbread house is seen in the State Dining Room of the White House during an event to preview the 2013 holiday decorations December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hosted military families for the first viewing of the decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: The official White House Christmas Tree stands in the Blue Room of the White House during an event to preview the 2013 holiday decorations December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hosted military families for the first viewing of the decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: The official White House Christmas Tree stands in the Blue Room of the White House during an event to preview the 2013 holiday decorations December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hosted military families for the first viewing of the decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Decorations honoring military families hang upon the official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 4, 2013 during the White House Christmas decorations viewing. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Decorations honoring military families hang upon the official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 4, 2013 during the White House Christmas decorations viewing. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ornaments honoring members of the US military who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country hang on a tree in the East Entrance Landing at the White House in Washington, DC, December 4, 2013 during the White House Christmas decorations viewing. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hugs a girl at the State Dining Room of the White House during an event to preview the 2013 holiday decorations December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. The first lady hosted military families for the first viewing of the decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Ornaments placed by Gold Star families honoring members of the US military who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country hang on a tree in the East Entrance Landing at the White House in Washington, DC, December 4, 2013 during the White House Christmas decorations viewing. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Decorations honoring military families hang upon the official White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room at the White House in Washington, DC, December 4, 2013 during the White House Christmas decorations viewing. AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: A Christmas tree stands next to a window in the East Room of the White House December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will host today military families for the first viewing of the 2013 holiday decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: Decorations are placed on a fireplace mantel in the East Room of the White House December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will host today military families for the first viewing of the 2013 holiday decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: A Christmas tree stands in the East Room of the White House December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will host today military families for the first viewing of the 2013 holiday decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: As a Christmas tree is seen in the foreground, a Marine stands guard outside the West Wing of the White House December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will host military families for the first viewing of the 2013 holiday decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 04: Ornaments and decorations are hung on a Christmas tree in the East Room of the White House December 4, 2013 in Washington, DC. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama will host today military families for the first viewing of the 2013 holiday decorations and demonstrating holiday crafts and treats to military children. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
First Lady Michelle Obama (L), daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (2nd R), dogs Bo and Sunny(L) welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House November 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. This years White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Douglas Fir grown by Chris Botek (3rd L), a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. AFP PHOTO / Eva Hambach (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
White House dog Sunny, held by US First Lady Michelle Obama, looks at the Official White House Christmas Tree after it was brought to the White House November 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. This years White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Douglas Fir grown by Chris Botek, a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. AFP PHOTO / Eva Hambach (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) with dog Sunny, daughters Malia (R, with dog Bo) and Sasha (2nd L), welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House November 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. The First Lady was presented the Blue Room tree by the Botek family (C-L, background), growers of this years tree, and the Wyckoff family (C-R, partially obscured), winners of the National Christmas Tree Associations (NCTA) National Christmas Tree contest. This years White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Douglas Fir grown by Chris Botek, a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. The Wyckoff farm has been family owned for six generations, since 1839, and this year four trees from the farm will be featured throughout the White House during the holiday season. AFP PHOTO / Eva Hambach (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
First Lady Michelle Obama (R) with dog Sunny, daughters Malia (with dog Bo) and Sasha (R), welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House November 29, 2013 in front of the assembled media in Washington, DC. The First Lady was presented the Blue Room tree by the Botek family (L), growers of this years tree, and the Wyckoff family (C), winners of the National Christmas Tree Associations (NCTA) National Christmas Tree contest. This years White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Douglas Fir grown by Chris Botek, a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. The Wyckoff farm has been family owned for six generations, since 1839, and this year four trees from the farm will be featured throughout the White House during the holiday season. AFP PHOTO / Eva Hambach (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to her daughters as she holds her dog Sunny, after receiving the White House Christmas tree in Washington,DC on November 29, 2013. The tree is 18.5 feet tall and is set to be on display in the Blue Room. It was presented by Christopher Botek and Kyra Yurko of the Christmas Spring Tree Farm in Leighton, Pennsylvania and John and Leslie Wyckoff of the Wyckoff's Christmas Tree Farm in Belvidere, New Jersey, per the White House. The Boteks grew the tree and the Wyckoffs won the National Christmas Tree Association's contest. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 29: First lady Michelle Obama (R), her daughters Sasha Obama (2nd R), 12, and Malia Obama (3rd R), 15, the family dogs Bo and Sunny, and Christopher Botek of Lehighton, Pennsylvania, and John Wyckoff of Belvidere, New Jersey, walk out of the White House North Portico to receive the official White House Christmas Tree November 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, 'This year's White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Douglas Fir grown by Chris Botek, a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 29: (R-L) First lady Michelle Obama and her dog Sunny; her daughters Sasha Obama, 12, and Malia Obama, 15, and the family dog Bo; Christopher Botek and Kyra Yurko of Lehighton, Pennsylvania; and John Wyckoff of Belvidere, New Jersey; receive the official White House Christmas Tree at the North Portico of the White House with November 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, 'This year's White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Douglas Fir grown by Chris Botek, a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
First Lady Michelle Obama (L), daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (2nd R), dogs Bo and Sunny(L) welcome the Official White House Christmas Tree to the White House November 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. This years White House Christmas Tree, which will be on display in the Blue Room, is an 18.5-foot Douglas Fir grown by Chris Botek (3rd L), a second generation Christmas Tree Farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania. AFP PHOTO / Eva Hambach (Photo credit should read EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: A wooden cut-out tree, created by Chicago-based artist David Lee Csicsko, is on display at the East Garden during a preview of the 2012 White House holiday decorations November 28, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. First lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children, to the White House for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations. The theme for the White House Christmas 2012 is 'Joy to All.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: The official White House Christmas tree, an 18-foot-6-inch Fraser Fir from Jefferson, North Carolina, stands in the Blue Room during a preview of the 2012 White House holiday decorations November 28, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady welcomed military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children, to the White House for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations. The theme for the White House Christmas 2012 is 'Joy to All.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: Ornaments on a Christmas tree are seen during a preview of the 2012 White House holiday decorations November 28, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. First lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children, to the White House for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations. The theme for the White House Christmas 2012 is 'Joy to All.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: Lauren Ray (L) and Olivia Marlow (2nd L) of Northern Virginia look at ornaments on a Christmas tree during a preview of the 2012 White House holiday decorations November 28, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. The first lady welcomed military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children, to the White House for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 28: Ornaments on a Christmas tree are seen during a preview of the 2012 White House holiday decorations November 28, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. First lady Michelle Obama welcomed military families, including Gold Star and Blue Star parents, spouses and children, to the White House for the first viewing of the 2012 holiday decorations. The theme for the White House Christmas 2012 is 'Joy to All.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The official Christmas tree stands in the Blue Room during the first viewing of the White House 2012 holiday decorations in Washington, DC, November 28, 2012. AFP Photo/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama gives the thumbs-up upon the arrival of the White House Christmas tree, flanked by her daughters Malia (C) and Sasha (2nd R) and dog Bo, in Washington on November 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama looks on upon the arrival of the White House Christmas tree, flanked by her daughters Malia (C) and Sasha (2nd R), in Washington on November 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 23: First lady Michelle Obama is presented with the official White House Christmas Tree on November 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama smells the White House Christmas tree upon its arrival as her daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (C) look on at the White House in Washington on November 23, 2012. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 23: The official White House Christmas Tree is delivered to the White House on November 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 23: The official White House Christmas Tree is delivered to the White House on November 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 23: The official White House Christmas Tree is delivered to the White House on November 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 23: The official White House Christmas Tree is delivered to the White House on November 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 23: First lady Michelle Obama (R) and her daughter Malia Obama look at the official White House Christmas Tree as it is delivered to the White House on November 23, 2012 in Washington, DC. The tree is a 19-foot Fraser Fir from Peak Farms in North Carolina, which is owned by Rusty and Beau Estes. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the White House now that the official tree has arrived.

A horse-drawn wagon hauled the 20-foot white fir up the driveway to the North Portico for inspection on Friday morning. Receiving the tree were first lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and family dogs Bo and Sunny.

The family circled the tree, smelled it and conferred before the first lady said, "Thumbs-up. It's a go. We're taking the tree."

Malia, holding Bo's leash, said of the tree: "It's great. It's big."

It's tradition for the first lady to preside over the tree delivery on the morning after Thanksgiving.

Odds are slim to none that it would ever be rejected. The tree is chosen weeks in advance at the farm that wins the National Christmas Tree Association contest. The winner has presented the official White House tree since 1966.

In late September, a group of White House staffers including the chief usher, groundskeeper and chief horticulturist traveled to the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, to search for a tree they agreed is perfect enough to stand in the Blue Room, albeit tethered to its ceiling, as the main attraction throughout the White House holiday season. The Blue Room tree cannot be taller than 18 ½ feet, so this tree will be trimmed to fit.

The farm, run by Chris Botek, a second-generation Christmas tree farmer, also provided the official White House tree in 2010 and 2006.

The delivery kicks off an intense few days of round-the-clock tree trimming, wreath laying and other decorating by an army of volunteers who help turn the White House into a winter wonderland. Many of the decorations honor military families, a group that Mrs. Obama is trying to support through a nationwide initiative.

She has invited military families to the White House for a first look at the decorations on Wednesday.

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The National Thanksgiving Turkey 'Cheese' is seen during the annual ceremony in front of US President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha, in the Grand Foyer of the White House on November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, second from left, and Malia, right, carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving the national turkey, Popcorn, from the dinner table with a "presidential pardon," at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, as John Burkel, current chairman of the National Turkey Federation in Badger, Minn, stands left. After the pardoning, Popcorn travels to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens where they will be on display for visitors during "Christmas at Mount Vernon." (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Turkeys Clyde and Henrietta strut around the front lawn of the Governor's Mansion in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Gov. Robert Bentley issued a Thanksgiving pardon for the birds. It was the first time the ceremony was held without South Alabama turkey grower Bill Bates who died in August. Bates began the tradition of giving a Thanksgiving turkey to the Alabama governor 65 years ago. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Clyde the turkey struts around the front lawn of the Governor's Mansion in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Gov. Robert Bentley issued a Thanksgiving pardon for the bird. It was the first time the ceremony was held without South Alabama turkey grower Bill Bates who died in August. Bates began the tradition of giving a Thanksgiving turkey to the Alabama governor 65 years ago. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
President Barack Obama walks with daughters Sasha and Malia as they return to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 21,2 012, after he pardoned Cobbler a 19-week old, 40-pound turkey, on the occasion of Thanksgiving, in the Rose Garden. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Sasha Obama, right, pets Cobbler a 19-week old, 40-pound turkey, as he is pardoned by President Barack Obama on the occasion of Thanksgiving, Wednesday, 21, 2012, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Steven Willardsen. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Clyde the turkey struts around the front lawn of the Governor's Mansion in Montgomery, Ala., Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013. Gov. Robert Bentley issued a Thanksgiving pardon for the bird. It was the first time the ceremony was held without South Alabama turkey grower Bill Bates who died in August. Bates began the tradition of giving a Thanksgiving turkey to the Alabama governor 65 years ago. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
President Barack Obama, with daughter Sasha, carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a "presidential pardon," Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. After the ceremony, "Cobbler" will head to George Washington's historic home in Virginia to be part of the “Christmas at Mount Vernon” exhibition. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: At two feet tall and about 38 pounds, two full-grown Broad Breasted White domesticated turkeys are paraded before members of the news media in the Crystal Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental November 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The birds were raised by the National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, and one of the turkeys will be pardoned Wednesday by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 26: At two feet tall and about 38 pounds, two full-grown Broad Breasted White domesticated turkeys are paraded before members of the news media in the Crystal Ballroom of the Willard InterContinental November 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The birds were raised by the National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, and one of the turkeys will be pardoned Wednesday by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27: President Barack Obama with his daughters by his side, Sasha and malia, ceremoniously pardonPopcorn the turkey during the annual 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony on the north portico of the White House on Wednesday, November 27, 2013. The turkey, and turkey alternate, will be driven to George Washingtons Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. And will be on display for visitors during Christmas at Mount Vernon, through January 6. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Cobbler, the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, is seen during a Rose Garden turkey pardon event November 21, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. After pardoned by President Barack Obama, Cobbler and its companion Gobbler will spend the rest of their lives at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Barack Obama hands out food to the needy for Thanksgiving at the Capitol Area Food Bank on November 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. President Obama also marked the Thanksgiving holiday today with the traditional Thanksgiving turkey pardon at the White House. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)
Malia Obama (R) greets guests after the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21, 2012 at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama pardoned Cobbler and its alternate Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama applauds while National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen holds the turkey named Cobbler during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon on November 21 , 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. Obama pardoned Cobbler and its alternate Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by his daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (R), arrives for the pardoning of the turkey named 'Liberty' at the North Portico of the White House November 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) approaches the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey Cobbler as National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen (2nd L) and handler Bob Evans (L) hold the turkey during a Rose Garden turkey pardon event November 21, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. Cobbler and its companion Gobbler will spend the rest of their lives at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama laughs with his daughters Sasha (C) and Malia in the Rose Garden of the White House during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21, 2012 in Washington, DC, with the turkey Cobbler. Obama pardoned turkeys Cobbler and Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. The turkeys were raised by Craig and Nancy Miller in Rockingham County, Virginia. AFP Photo/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha (R) arrive for the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21 , 2012 at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama pardoned Cobbler and its alternate Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Cobbler is seen before being pardoned by US President Barack Obama before the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon on November 21 , 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. Obama pardoned Cobbler and its alternate Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greet guests as his daughter Malia looks on after the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21 , 2012 at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Obama pardoned Cobbler and its alternate Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (2nd L) pets Cobbler with his daughters Sasha (2nd R) and Malia (R) in the Rose Garden of the White House during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21, 2012 in Washington, DC, with National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen (L). Obama pardoned turkeys Cobbler and Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. The turkeys were raised by Craig and Nancy Miller in Rockingham County, Virginia. AFP Photo/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (3rd-R) pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the North Portico of the White House in Washington, DC, November 23, 2011 with his daughters Sasha (2nd-R) and Malia (R) as Chairman of the National Turkey Federation Richard Huisinga (3rd-L) holding the 45-pound (17kg) bird named 'Liberty'. Each Thanksgiving, the President 'pardons' a hand-selected turkey, sparing the bird from someone's dinner table and ensuring the rest of its days are spent roaming on a farm or petting zoo. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: Sasha Obama pets a turkey named 'Liberty' after her father, U.S. President Barack Obama pardoned it at the White House November 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama smiles at his daughters Malia (L) and Sasha during the annual pardon of the Thanksgiving Turkey November 24, 2010 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: U.S. President Barack Obama is flanked by his daughters Sasha (C), Malia (2nd-R), and National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga (L) as he pardons 'Liberty', a 19-week old, 45-pound turkey at the North Portico of the White House November 23, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks as his daughter Malia looks on during the annual pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey November 24, 2010 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 25: Handlers keep a 20-week old and 45-pound turkey named 'Courage' moving in a limited area during a presidential pardon at the North Portico of the White House November 25, 2009 in Washington, DC. Presidential pardon of a turkey has been a long time Thanksgiving tradition that dates back the Harry Truman administration. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks as his daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (3rd R) look on during the annual pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey November 24, 2010 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC. Supervising 'Apple' the National Thanksgiving Turkey is National Turkey Federation Chairman Yubert Envia. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
The National Thanksgiving Turkey 'Cheese' is seen during the annual ceremony in front of US President Barack Obama and daughter Sasha, in the Grand Foyer of the White House on November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey 'Cheese' during the annual ceremony in the Grand Foyer of the White House on November 26, 2014 in Washington, DC. From left: Cole Cooper, who raised the turkey, his father National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper, Sasha Obama, and Malia Obama, the daughters of US President Barack Obama. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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