Two Minnesota turkeys look to be enjoying their Washington, D.C. visit ahead of their planned pardon by President Trump.
On Sunday, social media gobbled up the news that the pampered fowl were staying at the swanky Willard InterContinental Hotel -- where rooms can range from $200 to $700.
Trump will slated to issue a pardon at the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation on Tuesday.
The turkeys have arrived and, according to the White House instagram story, they are staying ... at the Willard Hotel... pic.twitter.com/VJCVSqV7O4— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) November 19, 2017
Of course, this isn’t the first year the National Thanksgiving Turkey and his alternate “wingman” have stayed at the downtown hotel, according to Time Magazine. The turkeys have stayed at the Willard since 2014.
The National Turkey Federation, the organization supplying the turkeys, will be paying the bill, according to a statement.
The National Turkey Federation first presented a turkey to President Harry Truman in 1947. However, the tradition of pardoning turkeys didn’t begin until President George H.W. Bush did so in 1989.
The seaonal birds were raised in Western Minnesota by National Turkey Federation Chairman Carl Wittenburg and his wife, Sharlene, along with five young women from the Douglas County 4-H chapter, according to the White House.
After the pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, the turkeys will join last year’s honorees at Virginia Tech’s “Gobbler Rest” exhibit.
The turkeys’ names were announced on social media Monday morning. The White House tweeted a poll for people to decide which turkey will be presented as the National Thanksgiving Turkey: Drumstick or Wishbone.
Which turkey should be pardoned during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony?— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 20, 2017
After the pardoning, Drumstick and Wishbone will join last year?s turkeys, Tater and Tot, at Virginia Tech?s ?Gobblers Rest? exhibit.
Here are a few of the pardoned pairs from years past:
2004: Biscuits and Gravy
2012: Cobbler and Gobbler
2014: Mac and Cheese
2015: Honest and Abe
2016: Tater and Tot
New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi reported that the birds would be leaving the hotel on Monday, the day before the pardoning.
Michael also said usually the turkeys are checked out of their rooms and brought to the White House the day before the pardoning— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) November 19, 2017
But before we celebrate this time-honored tradition, let’s not forget the most unfortunate turkey pardoning of all time.
In 2008, then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave an interview at a turkey farm in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska to pardon a local bird. After referring to herself as a “friend to all creatures great and small,” Palin conducted an on-camera interview while live birds were being fed into what looked to be a turkey-killing machine behind her. Sad!