Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House
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President Richard Nixon did a photo shoot every year with the donated turkey, but there is no record that any of the birds were spared. Nixon does have the distinction of being the first vice president to accept the donated turkey on the president's behalf, which he did in 1955 for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Turkey fact: Domesticated turkeys are bred and raised to become fat fast. This often causes joint problems for older turkeys whose bones have trouble supporting the weight.
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