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Thanksgiving Turkey Traditions at the White House

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Bill Clinton


In 1999, the turkey President Clinton "pardoned" was named Harry, after former president Harry S. Truman. During his speech, Clinton said, "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, and tell you all that he will soon be on his way to the wonderful petting zoo at Fairfax County, Virginia, where he can enjoy his golden years."

Turkey Fact: During his two terms as president, Clinton met eight turkeys and came to believe that each one had a distinct personality.

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