It’s become part of the annual tradition of the White House Thanksgiving turkey ritual: voting to see which of the two official birds will be pardoned, and which will be the alternate.
This year’s turkeys have been dubbed “Wishbone” and “Drumstick;” they arrived with a lot of squawking over the weekend in Washington, resting up in a swank room at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, complete with twin beds and a floor covered in wood chips.
The hotel stay is paid for by the National Turkey Federation, which supplies two turkeys each year for the presidential pardoning ceremony, to be held Tuesday in the Rose Garden and presided over by President Donald Trump and Melania Trump.
The White House Twitter account has set up a poll to gauge whether Wishbone or Drumstick, both raised on a Minnesota turkey farm, is the champion to be pardoned. (In actuality, both will go on to live at “Gobbler’s Rest,” on the campus of Virginia Tech, where other pardoned birds have resided.)
Which turkey should be pardoned during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony?
After the pardoning, Drumstick and Wishbone will join last year’s turkeys, Tater and Tot, at Virginia Tech’s “Gobblers Rest” exhibit.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 20, 2017
They have also established two short bios on each turkey, so we can learn more about them — for instance, one’s into classic rock, one prefers country music. As for “strut style,” Drumstick does his thing “tall and proud,” and Wishbone’s more of a “strong shuffle.”
There’s one in every bunch or pack or flock or gaggle — or whatever you call a grouping of turkeys.
As of Monday afternoon, Drumstick was slightly edging out Wishbone in the voting, by 52% to 48%. Ultimately, however, the National Turkey Federation says the decision on which turkey is hired and which is fired belongs to Trump himself, which means it could go either way.
Tuesday’s official turkey pardoning is scheduled for 1 p.m. May the best gobbler win.