Turkeys Receive Pardons from Trump — Here Are the Most Notable Turkey Names Since the Tradition Began

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As the holiday of gatherings and turkeys approach, the White House has honored a turkey, or two, each year by pardoning it as the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

President Donald Trump pardoned “Peas,” as well as “Carrots,” on Tuesday, continuing the tradition of the turkey pardoning — this year marked the 71st year since the ceremony began in 1947.

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Another tradition that comes along with the pardoning is the unique names for the feathered birds.

Let’s take a look at some of the more notable turkey names over the past presidencies.

President Bill Clinton pardons “Harry.”

“Harry, the turkey, will get his pardon today,” former President Clinton said during the 1999 ceremony. “So before I feast on one of the 45 million turkeys who will make the ultimate sacrifice, let me give this one a permanent reprieve.”

Harry was then sent to the petting zoo in Fairfax, Virginia.

President George W. Bush pardons “Stars” and “Stripes.”

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In 2003, the two turkeys that were pardoned during a ceremony were given the very patriotic names of Stars and Stripes.

“It speaks well for America that one of our most important holidays is set aside for sharing and appreciating our blessings,” former President Bush said during his speech. “This year, as in other times in our history, we can be especially grateful for the courage and faithfulness of those who defend us.”

President George W. Bush pardons “Marshmallow” and “Yam.”

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“You might say it was neck and neck,” former President Bush joked about Marshmallow’s win for the National Thanksgiving Turkey title in 2005.

He shared that Marshmallow and Yam were a “little skeptical” to go to a place called Frying Pan Park, so he announced they would “serve as honorary grand marshals at Disneyland’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” — then live the rest of their lives at Disneyland.

President George W. Bush pardons “May” and “Flower.”

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While announcing the two turkeys names, former President Bush said the names are “certainly better than the names the vice president suggested, which was Lunch and Dinner.”

The turkey, May, apparently interrupted President Bush three times during his speech with gobbles.

President Barack Obama pardons “Apple” and “Cider.”

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Former President Obama said at the 2010 ceremony that the turkeys Apple and Cider “strut their stuff” to gain the presidential pardon.

“It’s like a turkey version of ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ Except the stakes for the contestants were much higher. Only one pair win the prize: life, and an all-expenses trip to Washington.”

President Barack Obama pardons “Cobbler” and “Gobbler.”

“I want to thank everyone who participated in this election,” former President Obama said during the 2012 ceremony.

“Because of your votes, the only cobbler anyone’s eating this Thanksgiving will come with a side of ice cream,” he added jokingly.

President Donald Trump pardons “Drumstick” and “Wishbone.”

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President Trump said Drumstick was a “Big bird!” as he approached the turkey at the 2017 ceremony.

President Donald Trump pardons “Peas” and “Carrots.”

“That turkey is so lucky. I’ve never seen such a beautiful turkey,” President Trump said about the turkey Peas during the 2018 National Thanksgiving Turkey pardoning ceremony.

President Trump also shared a message of unity and thankfulness just days ahead of Thanksgiving Day.

“This is a time for Americans to unite together in the spirit of love, understanding, unity, and joy as one very proud American family,” President Trump said.

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as an experiment, I was asked to post this to see if censoring is taking place:
Meanwhile, Reverend Al Sharpcheese is screaming “Racism!!” He’s making the case that Tump is a “White Nationalist” for pardoning this WHITE TURKEY, and then bemoaned all the “birds of color” that have suffered the fate of the cleavor in years past. Rev. Sharptongue will also monitor very closely whether the President chooses only white meat, or dark meat, or a mix of the two at the family dinner. However it turns ou

Annie Farrell

Apple and Cider are definitely my favorites

Sam Dorman

Marshmallow and Yam both sound and look delicious.





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