This is why the president pardons a turkey every Thanksgiving

Some American traditions are admittedly pretty strange. We ask a groundhog for weather forecasts. We chuck pumpkins for fun. But among the most head-scratching of them all has got to be the presidential turkey pardon.

Every year, the U.S. president holds a National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation sparing a turkey from a Thanksgiving table. Instead, the birds are sent to a farm to live out their lives in peace. Aside from the odd task of pardoning a turkey for Thanksgiving, here are the 10 things no U.S. president is allowed to do while in office.

But why does the Commander in Chief spend time pardoning a bird?

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President Nixon Giving Annual Pardon to Thanksgiving Turkey (Photo by © Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Pres. Ronald Reagan and the annual Pardong of the Thanksgiving Turkey. (Photo By: /NY Daily News via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US President Bill Clinton stands with the annual Thanksgiving turkey as his handler Walter Gislason (L) looks on during presentation ceremonies 24 November at the White House in Washington, DC. The bird, presented to the President by the National Turkey Federation was given an official pardon from becoming dinner and sent to a local petting zoo. AFP PHOTO/Tim SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : US President George W. Bush, with Chairman of the National Turkey Federation Ron Prestige (L) and President of the National Turkey Federation Dr. Alice Johnson (C), looks at Katie the turkey 26 November 2002 after he granted the turkey a presidential pardon in a Rose Garden Ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Shawn THEW (Photo credit should read SHAWN THEW/AFP/Getty Images)
ST/PARDON 11/17/2004 Robert A. Reeder TWP Annual event at the White House where the President pardons a turkey, this one named Biscuits, a West Virginia bird. Ceremony took place in the Rose Garden. Here, Bush holds Biscuit by the neck. Behind the turkey is Daniel Karunakaren.
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 25: U.S. President Barack Obama pats a turkey named 'Courage' as daughter Sasha (2nd R) looks on during an event to pardon the 20-week-old and 45-pound turkey at the North Portico of the White House November 25, 2009 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 Alex Wong/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama (2nd L) gestures 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, as National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen holds 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)
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 pardon Popcorn 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)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 06: A Nicholas White turkey, one of two presidential turkey candidates, sits in an enclosure during a press conference at the InterContinental Hotel on November 6, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Two presidential turkey candidates, known as Tom 1 and Tom 2, are contending for the honor of being named the 2015 National Thanksgiving turkey and being pardoned by U.S. president Barack Obama during a pardoning ceremony at the White House before Thanksgiving. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 25: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) 'pardons' Abe, a 42-pound male turkey during a ceremony with National Turkey Federation Chairman Jihad Douglas (R) and turkey farmer Joe Hedden in the Rose Garden at the White House November 25, 2015 in Washington, DC. In a tradition dating back to 1947, the president pardons a turkey, sparing the tom -- and his alternate -- from becoming a Thanksgiving Day feast. This year, Americans were asked to choose which of two turkeys would be pardoned and to cast their votes on Twitter. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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The tradition might have stemmed from Abraham Lincoln, who made Thanksgiving an official U.S. holiday in 1863. According to White House reporter Noah Brooks, Lincoln’s son Tad got upset when he found out someone was going to kill the live turkey that had been brought for the presidential family’s Christmas dinner in 1865. Eventually, Tad’s “plea was admitted and the turkey’s life spared,” Brooks writes. Don’t miss these other  45 astonishing facts you probably never knew about the U.S. presidents.

Of course, that was Christmas poultry, not Thanksgiving. Less than a decade later, though, Rhode Island poultry dealer Horace Vose started sending Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys to the first family. Vose was the White House’s unofficial turkey provider for more than 40 years after that first turkey to President Ulysses S. Grant, but by 1914, Americans from around the country were sending live turkeys to the first family for the holidays.

People often date the official pardoning ceremony back to 1947 with Harry Truman, but the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum says it hasn’t been able to find any evidence. That myth probably stems from the fact that the National Turkey Federation—which runs the modern turkey pardoning ceremonies—sent a president a turkey for the first time that year. The thing is, Truman didn’t spare that bird’s life, according to NPR. He ate it. While that may have been true, check out the presidential trivia “facts” that are totally false.

The first president to throw a ceremony rescuing a bird from being doomed to the Thanksgiving table seems to be John F. Kennedy in 1963, according to the White House Historical Association. That year, the turkey had a heart-wrenching “Good Eating, Mr. President!” sign around its neck. Reportedly, JFK said, “We’ll just let this one grow,” and had the bird sent back to the farm. The Los Angeles Times ran an article about the event calling it a “presidential pardon.” And so the tradition began. Here are the 8 words and phrases you use that were made up by presidents.

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump (C), first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron, National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family and members of the Draper County, Minnesota, 4-H chapater pose for photographs after Trump pardoned, Drumstick, the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, applauds after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, next to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, right, and son Barron Trump, second right, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Barron Trump joins his father U.S. President Donald Trump as he makes remarks before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks after he pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, as First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump, center, waves after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, next to son Barron Trump, second right, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner (L) holds his son Joseph as Ivanka Trump (C) adjusts her daughter Arabella's (L) coat during the pardoning of Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump (C) looks on as Tiffany Trump kisses brother in law and Senior Advisor to the President Jared Kushner (3rd L) as they sit with Trump's grandchildren Arabella (2nd L) and son Joseph (C) during the pardoning of Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, right, and son Barron Trump, left, listen before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Barron Trump joins his father U.S. President Donald Trump as he makes remarks before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks with his son Barron Trump and first lady Melania Trump before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump's daughters Tiffany Trump (L) and Ivanka Trump embrace before the pardoning ceremony for the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, 'Drumstick,' the 40-pound White Holland breed raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, right, and Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, attend a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ivanka Trump, assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump, left, talks to Jared Kushner, senior White House adviser, before a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Drumstick, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This years pardoned turkeys, Wishbone and Drumstick, will join last years turkeys at Virginia Techs Gobblers Rest exhibit, where students and veterinarians care for the turkeys, and the public can visit and learn about the universitys teaching, research, and outreach programs in animal and poultry sciences and veterinary medicine. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
US President Donald Trump speaks as First Lady Ivanka Trump looks on before a turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks as his son Barron looks on before a turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her children, Arabella and Joseph Kushner, take a close look at 'Drumstick,' the National Thanksgiving Turkey before his pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed raised by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg in Minnesota, will reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany Trump (C) looks on with Ivanka Trump's daughter Arabella Rose Kushner at the turkey Drumstick, after the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump claps after he pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, as First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on during the pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump pets the turkey, Drumstick, after the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany Trump (C) pets the turkey, Drumstick, as Ivanka Trump (R) and her daughter Arabella Rose Kushner look on after the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: Tiffany Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump and Sharlene Wittenburg (L) look at 'Drumstick,' the National Thanksgiving Turkey following his pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump (C), first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron participate in a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump speaks as he pardons the turkey, Drumstick, as his son Barron (R) looks on during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron applaud after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron applaud after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump claps after giving a pardon to the turkey, Drumstick, during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 21: U.S. President Donald Trump (C), first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron participate in a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey with National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his family in the Rose Garden at the White House November 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. Following the presidential pardon, the 40-pound White Holland breed which was raised by Wittenburg in Minnesota, will then reside at his new home, 'Gobbler's Rest,' at Virginia Tech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump waves after he pardoned the turkey, Drumstick, as First Lady Melania Trump (R) and their son Barron look on during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC on November 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS (Photo credit should read ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Staff from the National Turkey Federation jump in to calm "Drumstick" the turkey as it flaps its wings causing U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Tiffany (R) to jump away after it was pardoned by the president during the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 21, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Over the years, the turkey pardon started taking off. Richard Nixon’s wife sent a bird to a children’s farm in 1973. One given to Jimmy Carter’s wife in 1978 went to a mini zoo.

Ronald Reagan was the first to use the word “pardoned” about a turkey in 1987—but it was all in context. After talking about Charlie, the turkey Reagan sent to a pet farm, a reporter probed the president about pardoning Oliver North and John Poindexter over the Iran-Contra affair. “If they’d given me a different answer on Charlie and his future, I would have pardoned him,” Reagan joked. Don’t miss these other presidential quotes that you won’t believe are actually fake.

It wasn’t until George H. W. Bush’s first Thanksgiving as president in 1989 that the ceremony became official. “Let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone’s dinner table, not this guy,” he toldreporters. “He’s granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”

From then on, presidents have been pardoning birds approaching every Thanksgiving. As the event gets closer, the turkeys become social media famous, with silly names like Tater and Tot in 2016, or Mac and Cheese in 2014. And no, the presidents don’t take it too seriously. During the 2014 ceremony, President Barack Obama said he was sparing the turkeys from a “terrible and delicious fate” and later admitted it’s “a little puzzling that I do this every year.” Puzzling, perhaps, but fun nonetheless. Next, check out these presidential firsts you never learned about in school.

Throwback: See President Obama's last turkey pardoning

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Tater and Tot, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate, are shown to members of the media during a press conference held by the National Turkey Federation November 22, 2016 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. The two turkeys will both be 'pardoned' following the presentation of the national turkey to U.S. President Barack Obama scheduled for tomorrow.

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Tater and Tot, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate, are wheeled away on luggage carts following a press conference held by the National Turkey Federation November 22, 2016 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. The two turkeys will both be 'pardoned' following the presentation of the national turkey to U.S. President Barack Obama scheduled for tomorrow.

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

U.S. President Barack Obama embraces his nephews Aaron and Austin Robinson after he pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House November 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. The President celebrated the 69th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. Hatched and raised in Iowa, the 2016 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate will retire to 'Gobblers Rest' at Virginia Tech.

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Tater and Tot, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate, are placed into their transportation crates following a press conference held by the National Turkey Federation November 22, 2016 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. The two turkeys will both be 'pardoned' following the presentation of the national turkey to U.S. President Barack Obama scheduled for tomorrow.

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Tater and Tot, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate, are shown to members of the media during a press conference held by the National Turkey Federation November 22, 2016 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC. The two turkeys will both be 'pardoned' following the presentation of the national turkey to U.S. President Barack Obama scheduled for tomorrow.

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama pardons Tater, his last National Thanksgiving Turkey as President, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, USA on November 23, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a speech filled with puns with his nephews Aaron and Austin Robinson before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House November 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. The President celebrated the 69th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. Hatched and raised in Iowa, the 2016 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate will retire to 'Gobblers Rest' at Virginia Tech.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama pardons Tater, his last National Thanksgiving Turkey as President, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, USA on November 23, 2016.

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President Barack Obama pardons Tater, his last National Thanksgiving Turkey as President, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, USA on November 23, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama attends the pardoning of National Thanksgiving turkey accompanied by his nephews Aaron Robinson and Austin Robinson at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 23, 2016.

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US President Barack Obama stands with his nephews Austin and Aaron Robinson as he pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on November 23, 2016. The President pardoned Tater and its alternate Tot, both 18-week old, 40-pound turkeys. As part of the naming process, Iowa school children submitted pairs of names for this years turkeys.

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