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President Bush: This is an election year, so it is fitting that the names of these two birds were chosen through the democratic process. After a long, drawn out election season, when the people finally spoke, the name of the ticket sent here to the White House was Pumpkin and Pecan. (Laughter and applause.) Pumpkin is right there. (Laughter.) Pecan is in an undisclosed location. (Laughter.)

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President George W. Bush gathers with children and National Turkey Federation officials as he pardons "Pumpkin", the 2008 Thanksgiving turkey, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington November 26, 2008.

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1 posted on 11/26/2008 5:10:40 PM PST by silent_jonny
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2 posted on 11/26/2008 5:11:59 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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Hello!


3 posted on 11/26/2008 5:12:15 PM PST by Majie Purple
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Cute name for the pardoned turkey!
& Cute pic too!


9 posted on 11/26/2008 5:17:31 PM PST by Majie Purple
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An unidentified White House staffer corrals 'Pumpkin' the turkey prior to the Pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.


Pumpkin, the 2008 national Thanksgiving turkey, is pictured before being pardoned by U.S. President George W. Bush during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 26, 2008.



"Pumpkin", the National Thanksgiving Turkey, is surrounded by the media moments before U.S. President George W. Bush pardons him in the Rose Garden of the White House, November 26, 2008. Pumpkin will travel to Disneyland later today to participate in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in California.

11 posted on 11/26/2008 5:18:45 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush walks from the Colonnade to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, for the Pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey ceremony.


President George W. Bush speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, during a ceremony to pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Pumpkin.

President Bush: Thank you, all. Please be seated. Welcome to the Rose Garden for the pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

This is a tradition that dates back to the presidency of Harry Truman. Just to be safe, I will be pardoning a second bird -- (laughter) -- in the unlikely event the main act chickens out. (Laughter.) Turkeys are not only the ones on edge this morning -- you see, it turns out the Rose Garden is Barney's turf. (Laughter.) So the press corps is a little nervous, as well. (Laughter.)


13 posted on 11/26/2008 5:20:07 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush speaks before granting a pardon to a turkey named Pumpkin during the annual White House Turkey Presidential Pardon presentation in the Rose Garden at the White House November 26, 2008 in Washington, DC.


President Bush: This is an election year, so it is fitting that the names of these two birds were chosen through the democratic process. After a long, drawn out election season, when the people finally spoke, the name of the ticket sent here to the White House was Pumpkin and Pecan. (Laughter and applause.) Pumpkin is right there. (Laughter.) Pecan is in an undisclosed location. (Laughter.)

Pumpkin and Pecan have an exciting trip ahead of them: Later today, they will fly to Disneyland aboard "Turkey One." (Laughter.) Pumpkin will be the honorary Grand Marshal of Disneyland's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Together these birds will gobble the rest of their days in "The Happiest Place on Earth." I just hope they stay humble there. (Laughter.)


15 posted on 11/26/2008 5:21:48 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush speaks before granting a pardon to a turkey named Pumpkin during the annual White House Turkey Presidential Pardon presentation in the Rose Garden at the White House November 26, 2008 in Washington, DC.


President Bush: This is my final Thanksgiving as the President. Over the past eight years, I have been given many reasons to be thankful. I'm thankful to our men and women in uniform and I am incredibly proud to have been their Commander-in-Chief. (Applause.) I am thankful for the armies of compassion volunteers who feed the hungry and shelter the poor. I am thankful for the teachers and nurses and pastors police officers and firefighters, and others who serve their neighbors and better their communities.

I'm thankful for the wonderful and supporting family that I have been blessed with. I'm grateful to Laura for her love. I'm grateful for two Thanksgiving miracles who were blessed -- who we were blessed with 27 years ago: Barbara and Jenna. I'm thankful for the fact that my mother is doing well. (Applause.) And this year we're looking forward to having another place at our Thanksgiving table with a son-in-law, and I'm thankful for Henry.

Most of all, I thank the American people for the tremendous privilege of serving as the President. In recent weeks, I've talked a lot about sprinting to the finish. Yet I've assured these turkeys they will not be trotting to their finish. (Laughter.) That's because in keeping with a longstanding tradition, Pumpkin and Pecan are hereby granted a full and unconditional -- unconditional presidential pardon.

I wish all Americans a happy Thanksgiving, and may God bless you. (Applause.)


17 posted on 11/26/2008 5:23:02 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush stands next to turkey farmer Nathan Hill, (R), and Paul Hill (L), Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, of Ellsworth, Iowa, after he pardons "Pumpkin," the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House, November 26, 2008. Pumpkin will travel to Disneyland later today to participate in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in California.



20 posted on 11/26/2008 5:25:29 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush stands with turkey farmer Nathan Hill, right, after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Pumpkin, center, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washignton.


President George W. Bush stands between Paul Hill, left, of the National Turkey Federation, and his son, Nathan Hill during the pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, in the Rose Garden of the White House. This year marked the 61st anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation and Pardoning. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

21 posted on 11/26/2008 5:27:30 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush stands next to turkey farmer Nathan Hill (R) of Ellworth, Iowa, after he pardons "Pumpkin", the National Thanksgiving Turkey, in the Rose Garden of the White House, November 26, 2008.



24 posted on 11/26/2008 5:28:47 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush pardons "Pumpkin", the 2008 Thanksgiving turkey during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 26, 2008. Alongside Bush is National Turkey Federation Chairman Paul Hill (L) and his son, turkey farmer Nathan Hill (R) who raised Pumpkin.


President George W. Bush stands with three generations of the Hill family who raised "Pumpkin", the National Thanksgiving Turkey on their Ellsworth, Ohio farm, after the President gave officially pardoned the bird on November 26, 2008 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC.

28 posted on 11/26/2008 5:34:00 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush stand with the Hill family who raised "Pumpkin", the National Thanksgiving Turkey who recieved an official Presidential pardon from the president November 26, 2008 in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC.



30 posted on 11/26/2008 5:36:59 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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Happy Thanksgiving!


32 posted on 11/26/2008 5:39:22 PM PST by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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President George W. Bush pardons a turkey named Pumpkin during the annual White House Turkey Presidential Pardon presentation in the Rose Garden at the White House November 26, 2008 in Washington, DC.




33 posted on 11/26/2008 5:41:13 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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"Pumpkin", the National Thanksgiving Turkey, is surrounded by students from Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland, after U.S. President George W. Bush pardoned him in the Rose Garden of the White House, November 26, 2008. Pumpkin will travel to Disneyland later today to participate in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in California.



Young members of the Rose Garden audience gather around Pumpkin, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, after it was officially pardoned by President George W. Bush during festivities Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, at the White House. White House photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

35 posted on 11/26/2008 5:44:44 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush waves after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey, Pumpkin, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.


In this image released by Disneyland, Pumpkin the turkey is greeted by Jack Valentino, 3, from Easton, Conn., before boarding a flight at Dulles International Airport following the National Thanksgiving Turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008. Pumpkin and his alternate Pecan are being flown to Disneyland where they will participate in the Thanksgiving Day Parade and live out their lives in a special area inside Frontierland.

38 posted on 11/26/2008 5:47:12 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice listens to a question from a reporter during a news conference at the State Department in Washington November 26, 2008.



Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice fields a question during a news conference at the State Department in Washington November 26, 2008.

39 posted on 11/26/2008 5:49:17 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Barbara walk to Marine One for the trip to the Camp David Presidential retreat where they will spend the long Thanksgiving weekend




42 posted on 11/26/2008 5:52:15 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush, his wife Laura and their daughter Barbara, depart from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, for Camp David, Md.



43 posted on 11/26/2008 5:53:23 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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President George W. Bush waves prior to boarding Marine One on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, prior to departing to Camp David, Md.


President George W. Bush, his wife Laura, and their daughter Barbara, on board Marine One, depart from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2008, Camp David, Md.

45 posted on 11/26/2008 5:54:36 PM PST by silent_jonny (Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy -- Psalm 126:5)
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