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Part photo op, part unusual tradition, the President pardons a turkey every Thanksgiving.
For more than 100 years, the U.S. President and his family have received gifts of a Thanksgiving turkey, which, as part of tradition, the President has gone on to pardon or give a reprieve to. President Harry Truman with a turkey, presented to him by the Poultry and Egg National Board, in the White House Rose Garden on Nov. 16, 1949.
(Harry S Truman Presidential Library/NARA)
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