Presidential Pardon

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Thanksgiving turkey President Barack Obama will pardon this year is going to George Washington's house, not Mickey Mouse's.

A Disneyland spokesman said Friday that the California theme park will not become home for the bird that the president pardons in an annual White House ceremony. Instead, the fortunate fowl and an alternate will live out their lives at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate in Virginia.

Presidents have been pardoning a turkey at Thanksgiving for years, but where the turkey goes afterward has changed. In the past, pardoned turkeys have gone to Disney's California and Florida parks as well as a Virginia farm called Frying Pan Farm Park.

Obama is scheduled to pardon this year's turkey on Wednesday.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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