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Obama pardons "Honest" and "Abe" before Thanksgiving

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President Obama pardoning a turkey (PHOTO: Whitehouse.gov) President Obama pardoning a turkey (PHOTO: Whitehouse.gov)
WASHINGTON -

President Barack Obama spared two turkeys named for one of the nation's most admired presidents, continuing a White House tradition that provides a refreshing sense of amusement and bipartisan cheer no matter how troubled the times.
    
The White House says Obama pardoned "Honest" and his alternate "Abe." The two turkeys will get a reprieve from the oven and will spend their remaining days living on a nearby Virginia farm.
    
Both birds hail from California, are 18 weeks old and weigh in at about 42 pounds each. Honest has a red face and neck, while Abe's crown features more extensive blue splotches.
    
George H.W. Bush was the first president to formally pardon a Thanksgiving turkey, though stories of spared turkeys date back to Abraham Lincoln's presidency.

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