True to tradition, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, on Friday forgave two huge turkeys that will no longer become the main dish during Thanksgiving Day, and also took the opportunity to allude to his infrastructure plan and the pandemic.
Biden spearheaded the fun and relaxed Thanksgiving turkey national unveiling ceremony, in which it is customary to spare the life of a previously selected bird.
“Peanut butter”, a white turkey of about 40 pounds (about 18.1 kilos), was chosen for forgiveness and waited, unfazed by the presence of the cameras and the audience, for the words of the ruler, to which he responded with loud gluttons, celebrated with laughter and applause.
Another turkey, named “Marmelada”, which was the substitute, was also saved. The turkey names were chosen, Biden said, by Indiana students and hinted at a popular peanut butter and jelly combination for sandwiches in the United States.
The event took place in the Rose Garden of the White House, which welcomed around a hundred guests, including adults and children, and was decorated for the occasion with pumpkins, flowers and leaves.
“Turkey is infrastructure. ‘Peanut butter’ and ‘Jam’ will help rebuild the ball of butter, “said Biden, jokingly alluding to the historic $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure plan he signed on Monday.
“Instead of being bathed, these two turkeys are being stimulated,” added Biden.
In the same way, he recalled, when referring to the pandemic, that many Americans will meet with their loved ones for the “first time in a long time” and will be able to reconnect with ‘traditions’.
The turkeys traveled from Jasper (Indiana) to Washington after being selected by the National Turkey Federation and will be under the care of a research center at Purdue University, in that state.
Each year, a vote on the White House website decides which turkey will receive the official presidential pardon.
Harry Truman (1945-1953) became the first president to receive a turkey from the federation, but it was not until 1989 that then-President George HW Bush (1989-1993) inaugurated the tradition of pardoning one of these birds before Thanksgiving, a gesture that his successors have joined. EFE