It’s that time of year again when the leader of the free world will release another turkey back into the wild. It being Thanksgiving time, we’re talking about birds of course! The history of officially pardoning turkeys doesn’t go back as far as you would think. Yes, Truman may have pardoned a bird, but that was for Christmas, and while Reagan spared a turkey named Charlie, he only joked later that it was a pardon. It was George H.W. Bush in 1989 that “officially” pardoned the first thanksgiving turkey. You may be wondering how such awesome power is granted to and exercised by the presidency… Legal research to the rescue!
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