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  Annual White House Turkey Pardoning Ceremony  CSPAN  November 21, 2017 1:05pm-1:18pm EST

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with people who are doing remarkable things. some people say, how do you stay optimistic despite the statistics? my answer is, i do not live in statistics, i live in communities. weive in communities where are watching single moms who work multiple jobs and are absolute heroes for their families. i living communities where we are watching people who are waking up at the crack of dawn and he will meet people every single day with a huge smile on their face. we're living communities -- >> accompanied by barron trump. thank you all for being here and welcome to the white house. a very special place. on behalf of melania, barren, and the entire trump family -- barron and the entire trump family, i want to wish you a very happy and blessed things giving.
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we are here today to continue a wonderful american tradition. today, and the spirit of thanksgiving, i will grant a presidential pardon to a turkey. pleased that we are joined for this great occasion by carl wittenberg, chairman of the national turkey foundation with his wife and his sons. that the years ago national turkey federation first presented the national thanksgiving turkey to president harry truman, who, i might add, did not grant a pardon. he was a tough cookie. a muchi am going to be nicer president. over the past 10 months, a lot you and i have had the pleasure aniaelcoming many -- mel
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and i have had the pleasure of ultimate many special people to the white house. taken in world leaders, politicians, and some strange bird. we have yet to receive any visitors like our guest of honor today, drumstick. hi, drumstick. drumstick is going to be very happy. , thatleased to report unlike billions of other turkeys at this time of year, drumstick has a very bright future ahead of them. on a turkeys raised farm in douglas county, minnesota with the help of five young women from the douglas county 4h chapter who are here with us today. great work. where are they. please stand. great job you have done. h, that is great.
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drumstick and his friend westbound will live out their days at gobbler's arrest. it is antom built, enclosure on the campus of virginia tech, a tremendous school. they will join tatar and tot -- the two turkeys pardoned by president obama. i have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor. however, i have been informed by the white house counsel that tater and tot's pardons cannot be revoked. we're not going to revoke them. tater and tot, you can rest easy. i would also like to thank the national turkey federation for bringing along does go other other turkeys
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from pennsylvania. we are donating these turkeys to martha's table, a fantastic charity here in washington, d.c. which provides warm meals to people in need. they do a fantastic job. before we get to the pardons, i would like to take a moment to extend a heartfelt special message, thanks. thanks to the finest and bravest people in the entire world, our great men and women in uniform, the military, law enforcement, first responders, these are incredible people. thank you. you are far away from your loved ones and you spend so much time away, this thanksgiving, i want each of you to know that we are forever
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grateful for the incredible job and the incredible sacrifices that you and your families make in defense of our nation, our freedom, and our truly great american flag. i would also like to a doubts -- express my thanks to the wonderful citizens of our country, the people who care for , raise america postural and, uphold our laws and values, and make this america's children, uphold our laws and values, -- as we give thanks for our many blessings, we are reminded of the national family to which we all belong as citizens. this thursday, as we give thanks to our cherished loved ones, let us also renew our bonds of trust, loyalty, and affection. .etween our fellow citizens
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now i think drumstick and wishbone would be very thankful if we would get around to the pardon. talk, please pardon i would like to thank everybody for being here today and wish everybody a very happy thanksgiving. very special people and a very special country. thank you very much. [applause] >> wow, that is a big bird. how heavy is that bird? >> 36 pounds. >> wow, 36 pounds, that is a big bird. are you ready, drumstick?
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herebyck, you are pardoned. [laughter] [applause] >> thank you very much, everybody. thank you. >> are you going to pardon any people?
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>> the first family will be leaving later this afternoon for florida and they will spend the rest of things giving week at the president's mar-a-lago resort. -- thanksgiving week at the mar-a-lago resort. at&t held a meeting following the justice department's decision to block eight merger between at&t and time warner. >> good afternoon. my name is larry solomon with at&t. we have reporters here in the room and we have more than 500 listening on the webcast. will have prepared a marksman our speakers and then we will open it up to question.