Chip and Chocolate wandered around the White House!
Chip and Chocolate wandered around the White House!

Pardoned by the President!

Joe Biden saves two turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving.

Chocolate and Chip may be the world’s most grateful gobblers. On Tuesday, those two turkeys were by U.S. President Joe Biden!

American presidents have important jobs. They control the military and keep the nation safe. But one of their silliest duties happens before Thanksgiving. Presidents pardon turkeys! The pardon means that these birds won’t end up on someone’s dinner plate. After all, Americans eat more than 45 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.

This year, Biden saved two turkeys. Chocolate and Chip traveled from North Carolina to Washington, D.C. Biden greeted the birds in the White House Rose Garden.

“Please welcome the 2022 national Thanksgiving turkeys, Chocolate and Chip,” Biden said. “It’s chilly outside. So, I’m going to keep this short,” the president told the crowd. “Nobody likes it when their turkey gets cold,” he joked.

Biden went off on a about his dog, Commander. The pup watched over the turkeys from the balcony! Then, Biden got back on track. “Before I gobble up too much time,” he began, but the turkeys interrupted with gobbles! Commander barked in response. There were even more clucks from Chocolate and Chip as Biden finally pardoned them.

Chocolate weighs 46 pounds (20.9 kg). Chip is a little chubbier at 47 pounds (21.3 kg). Both of the birds will go on to live at North Carolina State University.

“It’s a wonderful Thanksgiving ,” Biden said of the turkey pardon. The funny American custom may have started in the 1860s when Abraham Lincoln was president. Lincoln’s son begged his dad to save a bird! About 100 years later, President John F. Kennedy decided not to kill a turkey. “We’ll just let this one grow,” he said in 1963. U.S. leaders have been sparing big birds for Thanksgiving ever since!

Biden talked to the crowd about Thanksgiving. “We can’t forget the reason for Thanksgiving in the first place,” he said. “The pilgrims thought it was important to come together,” Biden added. “That’s what the Thanksgiving tradition is all about: being grateful for what we have, and —”

Chocolate and Chip began to gobble again — and the crowd giggled! “There you go,” Biden smiled. “They’re grateful!”

Updated November 23, 2022, 5:02 P.M. (ET)
By Alexa Tirapelli

Pardoned by the President!

Joe Biden saves two turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving.

Chip and Chocolate wandered around the White House!
Chip and Chocolate wandered around the White House!

Chocolate and Chip may be the world’s most grateful gobblers. On Tuesday, those two turkeys were by U.S. President Joe Biden!

American presidents have important jobs. They control the military and keep the nation safe. But one of their silliest duties happens before Thanksgiving. Presidents pardon turkeys! The pardon means that these birds won’t end up on someone’s dinner plate. After all, Americans eat more than 45 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.

This year, Biden saved two turkeys. Chocolate and Chip traveled from North Carolina to Washington, D.C. Biden greeted the birds in the White House Rose Garden.

“Please welcome the 2022 national Thanksgiving turkeys, Chocolate and Chip,” Biden said. “It’s chilly outside. So, I’m going to keep this short,” the president told the crowd. “Nobody likes it when their turkey gets cold,” he joked.

Biden went off on a about his dog, Commander. The pup watched over the turkeys from the balcony! Then, Biden got back on track. “Before I gobble up too much time,” he began, but the turkeys interrupted with gobbles! Commander barked in response. There were even more clucks from Chocolate and Chip as Biden finally pardoned them.

Chocolate weighs 46 pounds (20.9 kg). Chip is a little chubbier at 47 pounds (21.3 kg). Both of the birds will go on to live at North Carolina State University.

“It’s a wonderful Thanksgiving ,” Biden said of the turkey pardon. The funny American custom may have started in the 1860s when Abraham Lincoln was president. Lincoln’s son begged his dad to save a bird! About 100 years later, President John F. Kennedy decided not to kill a turkey. “We’ll just let this one grow,” he said in 1963. U.S. leaders have been sparing big birds for Thanksgiving ever since!

Biden talked to the crowd about Thanksgiving. “We can’t forget the reason for Thanksgiving in the first place,” he said. “The pilgrims thought it was important to come together,” Biden added. “That’s what the Thanksgiving tradition is all about: being grateful for what we have, and —”

Chocolate and Chip began to gobble again — and the crowd giggled! “There you go,” Biden smiled. “They’re grateful!”

Updated November 23, 2022, 5:02 P.M. (ET)
By Alexa Tirapelli

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