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Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House

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Ronald Reagan

Turkeys chosen for the White House are usually fairly docile, but that wasn't the case in 1984. During the ceremonial speech, the turkey got right in President Reagan's face and flapped its wings, showing intense displeasure at the whole affair.

Turkey fact: Wild turkeys are the biggest game birds in North America. They can stand almost four feet tall and can run about 25 miles per hour.

Photo: whitehouse.gov

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