Bush Pardons Turkeys For 61st Annual Photo Op

(CBS goes full-footage for the Presidential turkeys including their first class flight to their next gig at Disneyland)

This year marks the 61st Turkey Pardon by the President on Thanksgiving, a public a publicity stunt originally conceived and maintained by the Turkey Federation lobby. You can find more about the tradition on the special White House page for “Pumpkin” and “Pecan” or read a retired reporter’s nice piece about his coverage during the Carter administration.

For PRNewser, it’s mainly an excuse to reprint the best Bush pic ever–the 2001 Turkey Pardon immortalized by Reuters photographer Kevin Lemarque: