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President Obama Pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey "Apple"

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- On Wednesday, President Obama pardoned "Apple," the National Thanksgiving Turkey, in the nation's 63rd anniversary of the tradition.  Joined by his daughters Sasha and Malia in the Rose Garden, the president reflected on the yearly tradition and wished American familed a safe and healthy holiday.

"Apple" was spared from landing on the president's Thanksgiving table by National Turkey Federation Chairman Yubert Envia.  Envia said he picked the turkey because he was the most beautiful bird in the flock and was "a little more well behaved than the rest of the flock."

"Apple," along with his alternate "Cider," who was also pardoned, will now live at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.  There, visitors can visit the National Thanksgiving Turkey as he is displayed during "Christmas at Mount Vernon" through Jan. 6.

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