White House Plays Free Bird On YouTube

  • SHARES

By Jason Chupick

Arun Chaudhary, the White House’s video producer, added his own spin to the annual Turkey Pardon by posting a movie-style trailer to WhiteHouse.gov ahead of the press avail. The video features a bird’s eye view of the hallowed halls, narrated with gravy-tas by Assistant Press Secretary Ben LaBolt.

More after the jump:


Obama’s first bird pardon marks the 62nd year for this tradition, originally baked up by the Turkey Federation lobby as a publicity stunt.

George Bush learned back in 2001 that turkeys will eat just about anything. Luckily Reuters photographer Kevin Lemarque was on hand to capture the moment:

<img alt="bushturkey.jpg" src="/prnewser/files/original/bushturkey.jpg" width="240" height="196" /