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A Pictorial History of Pardoned Turkeys


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President Ronald Reagan's Turkey
President Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan received the official Thanksgiving turkey at the White House in 1983.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

President Ronald Reagan didn't officially pardon a turkey, but he used the Rose Garden ceremony as a vehicle for political satire, a symbol of the "carnivalesque politics of the Iran-Contra scandal, according to the book More Than A Meal by Karen Davis. "As a former movie actor now on the political stage, Reagan was well suited to conducting the ceremony," Davis wrote.

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