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Posted at 1:55 PM ET, 11/23/2010

Where should the president's turkeys go?

By Melissa Bell
Turkey Crossing the Delaware (Wilson Andrews/The Washington Post; Base image: Emanuel Leutze)

Update, November 24, 11:29 a.m.

The President has now pardoned "Apple" the turkey, and his sidekick "Cider."

In one of the more peculiar American traditions (and we have a lot of peculiar traditions to chose from), every year the president pardons a turkey for Thanksgiving. The custom reportedly began when John F. Kennedy commuted a bird's life sentence; presidents have been pardoning one lucky fowl a year ever since.

Five years ago, Disneyland decided to invite the bird to the Happiest Place on Earth to be a celebrity guest in the Thanksgiving Day parade. But sadly, Disney folks say that the invite was supposed to be a one-time occasion (even though it ended up being a five-time occasion!), and they have revoked the invite. The turkey may get his life, but he won't get to ride a float.

President Obama says the turkey will travel instead to Mount Vernon to live out its life among the livestock at George Washington's old farm.

While a visit to Mount Vernon is nice (even if it doesn't have the Pirates of the Caribbean ride), we thought the turkeys ought to see a little of the world before settling into an agrarian life. So BlogPost's digital wizard Wilson Andrews sent a turkey on a boat ride across the Delaware.

The creative juices have started flowing. A few favorites so far:

Turkey Pat down (Eric Athas/The Washington Post)
Lunar Turkey (User-submittied photo: ajl20009)
Dancing with a Turkey (User-submittied photo: mika_england)

Where do you want to send your turkey? Download the photo of the turkey here. Give him a destination a presidential bird deserves, and load your image back into our gallery. We'll post some of the best images here.

If you need inspiration, go see our Transformers gallery!

By Melissa Bell  | November 23, 2010; 1:55 PM ET
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If you recheck your research you might find that the first turkey was reported to be saved by president Abraham Lincoln.

Or your research may show that it could have been Harry Truman, John Kennedy, George Bush, etc.

Confusing at best.

Posted by: largoguy | November 23, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Freezer camp.

Posted by: knjincvc | November 23, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

My oven.

What? If the president's a Kenyan Muslin, this isn't a legitimate pardon.

Posted by: dkp01 | November 23, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

If Sarah Palin ever becomes President, the annual turkey pardoning ceremony should be very interesting.

Posted by: ad9inaz | November 23, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Considering that most of the pardoned "lucky fowl" die within a year (and in one case just a day) after their pardoning due to health problems brought about by their breeding, I'm not too concerned about where the turkey lives out its days.

Posted by: kingpigeon | November 23, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The turkey should join former Governor Blagojevich, who received his pardon in the form of not guilty verdicts numberless against the best evidenced case of public corruption in history.

Posted by: Martial | November 24, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Have the turkey give the savings from not going anywhere to the too-big-to-fail dysfunctional banks.

They're going to extract it anyway in 30% interest if you buy something.

Mine as well just hand over everything you have without a fight.

Welcome to state sponsored socialism by your friends the communist/capitalist we-don't-know-who-we-are-or-what-the-hell-we-are-doing banks.

Posted by: googlesmoogle | November 24, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Stupid tradition.

Posted by: James10 | November 24, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Maybe on the table of a family struggling to survive this economic crisis - although that comment will upset the vegetarians and vegans and animal-rights groups. At least the family would have some protein instead of mac and cheese for Thanksgiving.

Posted by: Utahreb | November 24, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

"In May 2009, the Obama/Holder Justice Department dropped charges in a voter intimidation case against Malik Shabazz, a leader of the New Black Panther Party, despite having already won a summary judgment against him, and his New Black Panther Party colleagues King Samir Shabazz and Jerry Jackson who were video-taped outside polling place in Philadelphia intimidating voters as they arrived on election day, 2008. In July 2009, when Congress began looking into the matter, someone named Malik Shabazz visited the private residence at the White House."

Guess Obama is demonstrating he can pardon something white when absolutely necessary.

Posted by: GordonShumway | November 24, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

For years they went to Frying Pan Park/Farm in Fairfax County. Would love to see them there again! (Though everyone knows these turkeys are bred for eating, not living, and die fairly quickly.)

Posted by: Marimom | November 24, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

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