President Obama pardons Cobbler and Gobbler on Annual Thanksgiving Day
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President Obama pardons Cobbler and Gobbler on Annual Thanksgiving Day

Washington : DC : USA | Nov 23, 2012 at 6:58 AM PST
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In the annual Thanksgiving ritual, President Barack Obama, as per the tradition of the White House, granted pardon to Cobbler and Gobbler – a pair of turkeys.

It seems these two birds had been voted by a majority on the White House Facebook page, hence these have been selected for pardon by the President and given a fresh lease of life.

Cobbler and Gobbler are two 19-week-old, 40-pound turkeys from Rockingham County, Virginia and would be moved to the George Washington's Mount Vernon estate to stay with Liberty and Peace – these had been pardoned last year.

Incidentally, the pardoning of turkeys was formalized by the White House in 1989 by President George W Bush and birds to be pardoned are identified at birth and brought up in a special way and are trained to handle loud noises, flash photography and large crowds.

Usually, such birds are bred and raised for size at the expense of longer life and usually do not survive for long after the pardon.

Those interested to know more can check out this link.

In New York, the Thanksgiving Day was marked by Macy’s parade in which floats, marching bands, performers, and inflatables head took part.

The procession began from Central Park and went on to Midtown Manhattan as millions of people basked in the autumn sunshine under the blue sky to watch the colorful parade.

Thanksgiving Day is a ritual to celebrate the harvest and blessings of the past year and has been there for hundreds of years.

It is believed to commemorate a 1621 harvest feast that the US Pilgrims shared with Indians after settling at Plymouth – presently known as Massachusetts.

Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit also held parades on the occasion.

On a rough estimate, nearly 46-million turkeys would be killed - that is the number of birds that are expected to be consumed across the US on Thanksgiving.

Inflatables of Hello Kitty, Papa Smurf and The Elf on the Shelf would be seen during the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

For the records, the first ever Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade was held in 1924 – at that time it was known as Macy's Christmas Parade.

Animals from the Central Park Zoo featured in it.

However, in 1927, the name was changed to Thanksgiving Day Parade and, it was at that time that the first ever helium character-balloon made its debut – it was Felix the Cat.

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