Meet Corn and Cob, turkeys vying for Trump’s presidential pardon

Only one of these turkeys will be a real lucky duck.

Corn and Cob, the pair of bulbous butterballs duking it out for a Thanksgiving pardon from President Trump, made their grand debut at a swanky Washington D.C. hotel on Monday.

The Broad-Breasted White turkeys from Iowa were introduced at the Willard InterContinental hotel, where they’ll be staying ahead of Tuesday’s pardoning ceremony in the White House Rose Garden.

“Welcoming these two VIT — very important turkeys — has been a highlight that we look forward to each and every year,” Willard rep Janet Scanlon said at a press conference.

Ron Kardel, the chairman of the National Turkey Federation, also welcomed the annual tradition, saying that “Lord knows 2020’s been a little challenging,” with the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think it’s great to celebrate something that’s happy, and something that is for everybody… for all of America,” Kardel clucked.

Voting is now open for the public to pick who’ll get plucked for the pardon and be named the official National Thanksgiving Turkey.

Both birds were born on June 2 — but Corn is a little chunkier, weighing in at 42 pounds, to Cob’s 41 pounds.

The differences don’t end there: Cob has a knack for solving puzzles, likes to muench on soybeans and wants to tour D.C. monuments, while Corn is a college football fan and budding storm chaser who one day hopes to visit the Iowa State Fair.

The fowl fortunate enough to receive the pardon will be announced at Tuesday’s ceremony — though neither will be on the dinner table for Thanksgiving.

Both birds will be shipped off to retirement at the Iowa State University’s Animal Science department after the event.

The presentation of a turkey to the White House began in 1947 when President Harry Truman was in office. But it wasn’t until 1989 that the tradition of pardoning the birds began, with a proclamation signed by President George H.W. Bush.

There had been some speculation over whether the tradition would continue on this year amid the pandemic, but the event is set to proceed, though with a smaller in-person audience and social distancing measures, according to The Hill.

Share this article:

Source: Read Full Article