Presidential Turkey Pardon Put To A Facebook Vote

By Justin Lafferty 

Every Thanksgiving since 1989, the president of the U.S. has given an official pardon to a turkey, sparing the gobbler from ending up on a silver platter. This year, President Barack Obama is letting Facebook users decide which turkey will be pardoned Wednesday: Gobbler or Cobbler.

Through a vote on The White House Facebook page, users can select either Gobbler or Cobbler:

Just because only one turkey is chosen doesn’t mean the other ends up as dinner. Deputy Director of Online Engagement for the Office of Digital Strategy Erin Lindsay writes that both turkeys will be safe, regardless of the vote:

Note: It’s all gravy — no turkeys will be harmed during the selection of the National Thanksgiving Turkey.  After the pardoning, both turkeys travel to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens to reside in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s nationally recognized livestock facility.  Additionally, if for any reason one turkey is unable to perform the duties of the National Thanksgiving Turkey, his alternate will take his place during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.

Visit The White House Facebook page to vote for your favorite turkey.

Readers: Which turkey did you vote for?