President Barack Obama on Wednesday continued the long-running tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey at the White House, which began in 1963. This year the White House asked social media users to vote which turkey, “Cobbler” or “Gobbler” should be pardoned by liking their photos on Facebook. Cobbler won, with 2,729 likes to Gobbler’s 2,494.
While Obama has faithfully kept up the tradition of pardoning a bird each year, he has been less generous about extending the same to Americans. Obama has pardoned just 22 convicted felons, fewer than any modern president.
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