In Thanksgiving tradition, US President Joe Biden pardons ‘Peanut Butter’, ‘Jelly’

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Washington Published: Nov 20, 2021, 06:37 PM(IST)

Accompanied by Chairman of National Turkey Federation Phil Seger and turkey grower Andrea Welp, US President Joe Biden participates in the 74th annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon of Peanut Butter in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday in Washington, DC. Photograph:( AFP )

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In first traditional turkey pardon ceremony in his presidency, US President Joe Biden pardoned two turkeys, namely, Peanut Butter and Jelly. They were spared from becoming a presidential meal this holiday season in a ceremony on the White House's Rose Garden. It was attended by the families and children of the White House staffers

In the first traditional turkey pardon ceremony in his presidency, US President Joe Biden pardoned two turkeys, namely, Peanut Butter and Jelly, on Friday.  

The two birds were spared from becoming a presidential meal in this holiday season in a joke-filled ceremony on the White House's Rose Garden.  

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The outdoor ceremony was attended by the families and children of the White House staffers.  

On the occasion, the President joked, "Eventually, Peanut Butter and Jelly were selected on the basis of their temperament, appearance and, I suspect, vaccination status. Yes, instead of getting basted, these two turkeys are getting boosted."  

Peanut Butter and Jelly were "two names I couldn't agree on more. I have to admit to you, my wife doesn't like me to admit it, that's what I like for lunch," said Biden.  

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This tradition is “important” as it “reminds us to have a little bit of fun and always be grateful,” particularly after the pandemic’s upheaval of everyday life, the president added.  

In 1989, Turkey pardoning became a norm in the White House after President George HW Bush revived the tradition. It has become a regular of the White House holiday season.  

(With inputs from agencies) 

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