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Turkeys arrive to fancy D.C. digs ahead of White House debut

Two turkeys set to be pardoned by President Trump are shown in a Washington hotel.
White House Photo via AP
Two turkeys set to be pardoned by President Trump are shown in a Washington hotel.

The two turkeys that will participate in the annual White House turkey pardon have arrived to some fancy digs ahead of their big day.

The turkeys, named Wishbone and Drumstick, were photographed Sunday enjoying a Washington, D.C., hotel room before their Tuesday visit to the White House.

The turkeys are staying at the Willard International Hotel near the White House, according to the National Turkey Federation, which is footing the bill.

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The Trump White House is keeping up the Obama-era tradition of soliciting votes via social media to decide which turkey gets the official pardon. Statistics were provided for the two birds to help voters make their choice.

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Wishbone stands 28 inches and favors country music, while Drumstick is slightly taller at 31 inches and is partial to classic rock.

As of midday Monday, the pair were neck and neck in a Twitter poll to determine their fate.

Not to worry though, after the pardon of the winning turkey, Wishbone and Drumstick will both retire to “Gobbler’s Rest” on the campus of Virginia Tech, where they can be visited by the public. There they will join Tater and Tot, last year’s turkeys.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey tradition. It dates from 1947, when the National Turkey Federation presented a 47-pound gobbler to President Harry Truman. In those days the turkeys were destined for dinner. Formal pardons began with President George H.W. Bush in 1989.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.