President Obama performed his most important constitutional duty yesterday, pardoning a large turkey that gets to live the rest of its days hiding from the paparazzi in Mount Vernon. But did you know the practice of "pardoning" the presidential turkey has only been around since 1989? Before that the American president would make his Thanksgiving dinner of the magnificent piece of fowl he was presented with on live television (a practice that has been described by various Atlantic Wire writers as, alternately, "bad PR" and "very Pagan")? It's true! That's just one of many revelations contained in this two-minute ABC clip on the history of presidential turkeys.
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