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November 24, 2020

President Trump chose Corn over Cob on Tuesday during the traditional presidential turkey pardoning.

On Twitter, the White House asked people to vote on which turkey should receive the annual pardon, and Corn won by more than 7 percentage points. For his part, Cob accepted the results and has not asked for a recount.

The National Turkey Federation first started presenting turkeys to the president during Thanksgiving in 1947, but they were meant for eating, NPR reports. Some presidents decided to pardon the turkeys, and the event was formalized by George H.W. Bush in 1989. Because these turkeys are not wild, they don't usually live long after their pardons, but they do spend the time they have left in comfort at Virginia Tech's Gobblers Rest. For those worried about Cob's fate, fear not — the turkey who doesn't get a pardon also gets to settle in at the farm. Catherine Garcia

November 27, 2014

President Obama may have pardoned a turkey yesterday, but that doesn't mean every bird is safe from his dinner table. The White House has issued a press release detailing the massive spread President Obama and his family will be enjoying this Thanksgiving, and the turkey made the cut.

In addition to a thyme-roasted turkey, the Obama family will chow on a menu that includes honey-baked ham, oyster stuffing, green bean casserole, and mashed potatoes. The dessert spread will feature no less than six kinds of pie, including apple, cherry, pumpkin, and pecan.

In a video statement, President Obama detailed his own plans for the day, calling Thanksgiving his "favorite holiday" because it is "uniquely American."

"Each of us bring our own traditions and cultures and recipes to the table, but we all share this day united by the gratitude for the bounty of this nation," he said. "We welcome the contributions of all people, no matter their origin, their color, or beliefs, who call America home." --Scott Meslow

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