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November 25, 2009

Obama pardons “Courage” Turkey at the White House. Original Photos by me!

This morning, President Barack Obama pardoned “Courage”, the 45-pound National Thanksgiving Turkey, on the steps of the White House. Flanked by daughters Malia and Sasha, Obama made a quick speech about the history of the tradition, William Pelletier of the National Turkey Federation hoisted Courage onto the green tablecloth, and Obama pardoned the giant white turkey. Following this trip to the White House, Courage will live out the rest his days in Disneyland. Not bad for a turkey!

Nov. 25, 2009-President Barack Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha, as he pardoned "Courage", the 45-pound National Thanksgiving Turkey, on the North Portico at the White House, Washington, D.C. National Turkey Federation chairman. With Obama are Elizabeth Pelletier, far left, and Walter Pelletier, from the National Turkey Federation.

Nov. 25, 2009-"Courage", the 45-pound National Thanksgiving Turkey, awaits his pardon from president Obama, on the North Portico at the White House, Washington, D.C. Also pictured are Walter Pelletier, far right, and Elizabeth Pelletier, from the National Turkey Federation.

Nov. 25, 2009-President Barack Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha, moments after he pardoned "Courage", the 45-pound National Thanksgiving Turkey, on the North Portico at the White House, Washington, D.C. National Turkey Federation chairman Walter Pelletier stands behind the turkey.

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Tee Jan 22, 2010 6:03pm

Unfortunately, instead of giving the man a chance, there are factions who are running around like these sacrificial headless turkeys, asking "How the hell did we let this happen?" and "What in the hell do we have to do to keep it from happening again?" As long as those taking sides are that extreme, things will never change. Sad, but true.

kulvir Jan 22, 2010 5:58pm

Thats great what Obama did pardoning the turkey (courage), and its also absolutely fantastic that we have a black president FINALLY!!! He's doing what no other president ever did…hope he runs again in the future so our country can become some what normal for the first time in history 😉

Tee Nov 25, 2009 9:52pm

Pardon them all! Vive la turkey liberty!

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Caroline Treadway is a professional freelance photographer and writer who shoots editorial and commercial work, including photojournalism, sports, portraits and weddings. She received her master’s degree in journalism from Boston University in 2010. Caroline’s passion for journalism is evident in the variety of stories she covers and the depth of her reporting, documenting the unique and powerful moments of life. Recently, Caroline has been documenting the life of Navajo geo-botanist Arnold Clifford and threats to rare plant species in the Four Corners region of the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and Arizona. As a journalist, Caroline seeks to overcome the traditional boundaries between photographer and reporter. This multi-platform approach gives her the flexibility to create visual stories for a rapidly changing media world.