This year, the turkeys that US President Donald Trump will pardon on Thanksgiving are named Cob and Corn, the White House said on Twitter. Names for birds, which in their meaning should complement each other, are traditionally chosen from the list by the presidential couple.
Corn is chatty and loves sweet corn, prefers American football, and loves to spend time “chasing the rain.” Its goal is to “hone a high jump.” The ear loves beans, prefers pickleball, and spends his free time collecting puzzles. The bird’s dream is to visit the monuments in Washington, and also ride a motorcycle through its native state of Iowa. Such descriptions are given in comic cards about the characters and hobbies of birds. Last year the turkeys were called Bread and Butter.
Thanksgiving is celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. From this day begins the festive season, which includes Christmas and continues until the New Year. The Turkey Present to the President is an annual ceremony on the White House lawn on the eve of Thanksgiving. The head of state reads out a decree on pardoning the birds, which are then sent off to live out their term in peace. The tradition was started in 1947 by the founder of the national turkey federation, Charles Wompler. He was the first to present the bird to the President of the United States, Harry Truman. The tradition of clemency began later. Ronald Reagan became the first president to officially pardon the bird, and this procedure became mandatory only under George W. Bush in 1989.