An American Tradition: White House Thanksgivings

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An American Tradition: White House Thanksgivings

1961

President Kennedy with First Lady Jackie and their daughter, Caroline. 

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1963

President Kennedy's dog shows interest in the turkey waiting to be pardoned.

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1995

US President Bill Clinton (C) and National Turkey Federation President Stuart Proctor watch as turkey handler Walter Gislason (R) tries to catch the annual White House Turkey "Jerry" who was pardoned from his roll in the Thanksgiving Dinner by the President 24 November in Washington DC.

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2000

U.S. President Bill Clinton looks over a half-cooked Turkey on Thanksgiving morning during his stay at Camp David.

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2002

President George W. Bush officially pardons Liberty the turkey during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House.

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2008

President Bush at the annual pardoning of a turkey, posing with members of the Hill family from Circle Hills Farm of Ellsworth, Iowa who donated the turkey.

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2011

Malia Obama pets "Liberty," the turkey waiting to be pardoned.

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2012

President Obama pardons another White House Turkey. 

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1988

President Ronald Reagan hams it up as he is presented a turkey at the White House.

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1995

US President Bill Clinton (C) and National Turkey Federation President Stuart Proctor watch as turkey handler Walter Gislason (R) tries to catch the annual White House Turkey

1995

President Clinton and First Lady Hillary, with their daughter, Chelsea, pose with a roasted turkey in the White House kitchen.

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2000

U.S. President Bill Clinton looks over a half-cooked Turkey on Thanksgiving morning during his stay at Camp David.

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2002

President George W. Bush officially pardons Liberty the turkey during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House.

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2008

President Bush at the annual pardoning of a turkey, posing with

2011

President Obama and his family hand out food at a food bank on Thanksgiving in Washington D.C..

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2011

Malia Obama pets

2011

President Obama pardons Liberty the turkey.

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2012

President Obama pardons another White House Turkey.

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Thanksgiving is the American Holiday of Holidays, and who better to celebrate it with than the President of the United States!

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From giant White House dinners to the annual pardoning of a turkey, Presidential Thanksgivings have always been occasions for inspiring unity and gratitude among Americans-not to mention the beautiful table settings and fat turkeys that make for excellent photo ops!

View the gallery above for a look back at Presidential Thanksgiving from the 1930s to the present.

To see the china used at the White House during Thanksgiving, click here!

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