Saying that now was the time "to turn our attention from polls to poultry," President Obama issued the final Thanksgiving pardon of his presidency Wednesday morning to Tot, a 39-pound turkey born and raised in northwest Iowa.
YES, WE CRAN: Obama Pardons Final Thanksgiving Turkey
In a speech ~stuffed~ with dad jokes and delivered before an audience of relatives, friends, and elected officials in the White House Rose Garden, the outgoing Commander-In-Chief touted improvements to the nation's economy and graduation rates ("that's worth gobbling about"), while also stressing the importance of family and building a diverse society ("Thanksgiving is a good time to remember that we have a lot more in common than divides us").
Dating to 1947 when the National Turkey Federation first gifted President Harry Truman with a Thanksgiving Day spread, the annual tradition was given a social media twist three years ago when the White House opened the pardon to a vote on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Are you #TeamTot ...
… or #TeamTater?
While Tater was edged out in the popular vote, both of the "lucky birds will be sent to their new home at Virginia Tech where they will be cared for by veterinarians and students of Virginia Tech's Animal and Poultry Sciences Department at 'Gobbler's Rest' in Blacksburg, Virginia."