President Obama pardons turkeys "Honest" and "Abe" before Thanksgiving

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
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President Obama continued a Thanksgiving tradition at the White House.

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has spared two turkeys named for one of the nation's most admired presidents, continuing a White House tradition that provides a refreshing sense of amusement and bipartisan cheer no matter how troubled the times.

The two turkeys, Honest and Abe, will get a reprieve from the oven and will spend their remaining days living on a nearby Virginia farm.

Both birds hail from California, are 18 weeks old and weigh in at about 42 pounds each. Honest has a red face and neck, while Abe's crown features more extensive blue splotches.

George H.W. Bush was the first president to formally pardon a Thanksgiving turkey, though stories of spared turkeys date back to Abraham Lincoln's presidency.