in an annual tradition, the newly re-elected U.S. President
Mr. Barack Obama pardoned two turkeys in the White House Rose
Garden on the day before the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday. The
public was given the chance to choose between two birds named
Cobbler and Gobbler via Facebook for the 65th anniversary
of the National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation. While Cobbler
was chosen, the President decided to spare Gobbler as well.
by his daughters Sasha and Malia, President Obama announced,
“They say that life is all about second chances. And
this November, I could not agree more. So in the spirit of
the season, I have one more gift to give, and it goes to a
pair of turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler. The American people
have spoken, and these birds are moving forward.” Cobbler
and Gobbler grew up on the same farm and will happily live
out their lives at George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Estate and Garden in Virginia, USA.
practice of unofficial presidential turkey pardoning is reported
to date back to the days of President Abraham Lincoln, with
Presidents John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and others also
sparing the lives of turkeys in the ensuing years. However,
the first official Thanksgiving pardon was given to a turkey
by President George H.W. Bush in 1989.
this merciful act as well as his efforts to bring peace to
Gaza and comfort those in the eastern US affected by Hurricane
Sandy, Supreme Master Ching Hai wrote the following letter
to President Obama on November 22, 2012.