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President Joe Biden pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey

President Joe Biden pardons “Chocolate”, the 2022 National Thanksgiving Turkey, on Monday, November 21, 2022, on the South Lawn of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz/TNS)
November 22, 2022

President Joe Biden has pardoned two turkeys — named Chocolate and Chip — discharging the presidential duty of the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon.

The president will designate either Chocolate or Chip as the official National Thanksgiving Turkey, but both will be pardoned.

The birds weigh in at 46 and 47 pounds, Biden said, and were raised by NTF chairman Ronnie Parker near Monroe, North Carolina.

“My fellow Americans, please welcome the 2022 national Thanksgiving turkeys, Chocolate and Chip,” he addressed the crowd at The White House.

Chocolate was then joined on the table next to the president as he gave his closing Thanksgiving remarks.

“That’s what the Thanksgiving tradition is all about — being grateful for what we have,” Biden said.

He also took the time to thank frontline workers and faith leaders for their part in the Thanksgiving holiday tradition.

“From the Biden family to all the viewers happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you all and may God protect our troops. Thank you all for being here,” he finished.

Later today, Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, will head to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina, for a Friendsgiving dinner with service members and military families.

The Biden family will then spend the Thanksgiving holiday in Nantucket, Massachusetts, CNN wrote.


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