Decoder Buzz White House turkey pardon: Did John F. Kennedy start the tradition?

Kennedy didn't actually pardon the turkey, he merely extended its life, producing some great photo ops. It was George H. W. Bush who first offered an actual pardon.

By , Staff writer

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Was John F. Kennedy the first US president to pardon a turkey? There’s evidence that’s the case, though he never used the word “pardon." He merely intervened to save poultry life.