The National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation takes place annually around Thanksgiving time. As many know, this is when the president "pardons" a turkey. According to WhiteHouse.gov, "tales of spared turkeys date back to the Lincoln days," but it wasn't until 1989 that George H. W. Bush issued the first official pardon.
Either way, it's always appeared just a little awkward for those involved.
Roosevelt started the awkward president/turkey relationship when he was startled in 1938
That ended fast
Truman had a tentative truce with the bird
That ended swiftly
Ike tried for peace
It did not last long
Nom Nom Nom
Kennedy was not really sure what to do & remained awkward
Johnson engaged in a furious staring contest with the bird
Nixon shook hands
...and tried to be friends
No use -- awkward.
Gerald Ford frankly just looked awkward everywhere
Reagan worked at the relationship
Clinton formed a coalition
Bush gave it his best
Now Obama is trying his hand at the relationship
Our hopes are not high
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