President Trump and First Lady Melania Participate in National Turkey Pardon – Video and Transcript..

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump participate in the annual Thanksgiving Day celebration at the White House where Bread and Butter received their official Thanksgiving pardon. [Video Below, Transcript Added]


[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Please. And it’s always nice to begin by saying: The stock market is up again. We just set another record, so we should say that. Very substantially up. (Applause.) And I think that’s 132 times that we’ve set a record from the time we got elected on that very great day. But it’s — it’s good to know. A lot of people are very happy.

We’re doing well. Our country is doing very well. And the First Lady and I are delighted to welcome you all to the White House on this magnificent autumn day. On behalf of the entire Trump family, I wish each and every one of you a very happy Thanksgiving. It’s going to be a great Thanksgiving.

We’re glad to be joined today by Representatives David Rouzer and Jason Smith and a man who has done an — and, I have to say, they are warriors. They have all been great warriors. Mark Meadows, thank you very much. The three of you, please stand up. They are warriors — (applause) — and great people. And Deb, thank you very much for being here. Thank you.

Thanks also to the President of the National Turkey Federation, Joel Brandenberger; and its Chairman, Kerry Doughty, who is here with his family and his wife, Jan. Where is Ker- — Jan, thank you very much. Please, stand up for what you do. He’s also the head of Butterball — the Chairman of Butterball. (Applause.) That’s the biggest there is. Great job. And we appreciate your involvement. Thank you very much.

As we gather this week with loved ones across our beautiful land, we give thanks to God for the many gifts that he has bestowed upon us. Today, we also come together to honor the beautiful, feathered friend — the noble turkey. Now, that’s a beauty.

It’s said that Abraham Lincoln was the first President to spare a Thanksgiving turkey, at the request of his son. In 1947, President Harry Truman accepted the first annual National Thanksgiving Turkey. In the decades that followed, Presidents, from Kennedy to Reagan, would show mercy —

(The turkey gobbles.)

See? (Laughter.) Wow. That’s a strong bird.

— to their birds, but it was George H.W. Bush who first issued an official pardon.

In keeping with that tradition, today I will issue a pardon to a pair of very handsome birds: Butter and his alternate, Bread. (Laughter.)


THE PRESIDENT: That’s true. Look at you.

Their names were chosen by the students of Harrells Christian Academy in North Carolina. Great state.

Bread and Butter were raised in Tar Heel State by farmer Wellie Jackson, who’s here with us with his wife Tara and their lovely family. And I want to thank you very much. Great job. Great job. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

Thankfully, Bread and Butter have been specially raised by the Jacksons to remain calm under any condition, which will be very important because they’ve already received subpoenas to appear in Adam Schiff’s basement on Thursday. (Laughter and applause.) It’s true. Hundreds of people have. It seems the Democrats are accusing me of being too soft on turkey. (Laughter.)

But, Bread and Butter, I should note that. unlike previous witnesses, you and I have actually met. (Laughter.) It’s very unusual. (Applause.) Very unusual.

In any event, I expect this pardon will be a very popular one with the media. After all, turkeys are closely related to vultures. I don’t know if I like that line, but there is a little truth to it.

But today, after, the birds will retire to “Gobbler’s Rest” at Virginia Tech — great college — where they will be cared for and enjoy a terrific life.

This Thanksgiving, we bow our heads in gratitude for the newfound prosperity and spirit that’s taking place all across America. The country has never been more successful. Our military has been rebuilt. We captured the number-one terrorist in the world and killed the number-one terrorist in the world — al-Baghdadi. And I want to thank our military because there’s nothing like our military. (Applause.)

And I want to thank almighty God for the — shedding his grace on our nation. Our nation is special and we especially send our love to members of the United States Armed Forces serving all around the world. We are forever thankful for those who wear our nation’s uniform and the families who support them. The families are so important. They can never be the same without those great families. Because of their selfless service, millions of our follow Americans are celebrating another wonderful Thanksgiving in safety and in peace.

And it’s just a very special country, a very special place — the Rose Garden at the White House. If you’re looking back here, that’s the Oval Office. Some of you haven’t been here before. But every time we walk onto the grounds of the White House, we realize how special it is.

So now we reach the moment Bread and Butter have been waiting for so patiently — their presidential pardons. Melania and I wish all Americans a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving. We love you all.

Butter, let’s talk to you for a second because I’m going to do something that you’re going to be very happy about. Uh oh, that looks like a dangerous bird. (Laughter.) It just escaped.

Wow. Butter, I wish you a lot of luck. But I hereby grant you a full and complete pardon. (Applause.) Good. Full and complete. (Applause.)

Thank you all very much.

That was great. A lot of fun.

Thank you very much. Thank you.

[END Transcript]

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31 Responses to President Trump and First Lady Melania Participate in National Turkey Pardon – Video and Transcript..

  1. Streak 264 says:

    Hillary and Bill Clinton dressed up as turkeys to get their pardon:

    Liked by 3 people

  2. Lucille says:

    One…actually two…spared…but millions not for all us non-vegetarians…

    A Very Masterbuilt THANKSGIVING With The McLemore’s
    Huckabee YouTube Channel


  3. bessie2003 says:

    I love this President! Fantastic humor!

    Liked by 7 people

  4. burnett044 says:

    interesting i just noticed the turkey and Adam Shiff have the same type of neck…

    Liked by 5 people

  5. All but one of the three turkeys mentioned were pardoned today as the President roasted lil adam schitt in front of those that viewed the annual pardon process.

    Now that’s real reporting on my part. L 😀 L

    Liked by 6 people

  6. Deborah Fehr says:

    loved the humor. Adam you are the laughing stock of the USA. Hopefully you wont get even close to the same treatment the turkeys got.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Merkin Muffley says:

    CNN is reporting that Butter made a $200,000 contribution to the Trump campaign for the pardon.

    Liked by 3 people

  8. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Dems running around like headless chickens and screaming: “Impeach!! Trump colluded with Butter! Impeach !! Impeach.!! ”

    In the meantime in Trump’s World:
    We Love President Trump and his sense of humor. He is such a fun-loving President.
    Have and wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving.

    Liked by 4 people

  9. Rebierocket says:

    And he invoked giving thanks, bowing our heads and the name of God — all more than once.

    Leading by example.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Just Some Guy says:

    He needs to pardon Roger Stone, Flynn, Papadopolous and Manafort.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Lawrence says:

    I suppose they will try to impeach him for this. Collusion with the Almighty! Can’t have that. And a pardon! He is surely doing this to keep the turkeys from ratting him out for some bribery scam. Watch for more Shiff.


  12. Issy says:

    The President’s wonderful sense of humor and the beautiful smile of The First Lady made it a grand occasion.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. I love people comment’s here better Than any place else,
    happy thanksgiving everyone,

    Liked by 2 people

  14. Texian says:

    Notice the “black dot” threat on the turkey breast.. There have been other similar signs from “republicans” at the recent rallies..

    He should’ve gotten a cleaver and whacked the head off.. right in front of the cameras..


  15. Jellyfish says:

    He is a delightfully funny man. What a charmer!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. T2020 says:

    If Bread and Butter get subpoenaed, that would be one cluster “pluck”.

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Pardoning those turkeys might be the first thing I disagree with the president on 🦃 wonder what would happen if a president stopped doing it.

    Happy Thanksgiving


  18. FPCHmom says:

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Super Elite Lt. Col. Covfefe999 says:

    they’ve already received subpoenas to appear in Adam Schiff’s basement on Thursday.

    Haha!! I love “Adam Schiff’s basement”. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  20. onekamaman says:

    That looks like Pierre Delecto in the picture with PDT and Melania ……………. no not the guy in the suite ………….


  21. Pokey says:

    I hope everyone gets to have a big feast with their families this year. I will be seeing a brother I haven’t seen in over five years. It is getting harder to get together as we all get older. My family has a lot to be thankful for. I thank God every year for giving The People the great country we have.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Rynn69 says:

    Next the media will report PDJT was sending dog whistles to Erdogan. Or should I say “turkey calls”?

    Liked by 1 person

  23. GB Bari says:

    OANN / CTH: President Trump pardons turkeys

    Rest of MSM: Trump accused of fowl play according to WH sources.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Ken Maritch says:

    I just read the transcript (could not watch the video) but I still hear it in my head with PDJT voice.


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