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Corny jokes out in tense year

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Nostal­giawasin and jokes were out yes­ter­day as Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trumpof­fered a re­prieve to apair of meaty tur­keys at the tra­di­tional Thanksgivi­ng tur­key par­don cer­e­mony at the White House.

The Na­tional Tur­key Fed­er­a­tion pre­sented the White­house­with two birds, Corn and Cob. Corn­was de­clared the na­tional Thanksgivi­ng tur­key, though both will re­tire to a newhomeon the­cam­pu­sof Iowa State Univer­sity. It’s not the first time the typ­i­cally light-hearted tur­key par­don cer­e­mony has taken place in a tense time for the na­tion.

This time, the cer­e­mony­came amid a global pan­demic and as Trumpre­fuses to con­cede he lost his re-elec­tion bid. Trumpcited the vac­cines that could soon re­ceive ap­proval fro­mus­reg­u­la­tors.

“We­give thanks for the vac­cines and ther­a­pies that will soon end the pan­demic,” Trump­said at one point. He­did not ref­er­ence the re­cent surge in Covid-19 cases.

Trump­did not take ques­tions from re­porters as he spoke in the Rose Gar­den to morethan 100 staff and guests, the vast ma­jor­ity wear­ing masks. His tonewas­more se­ri­ous than in prior tur­key par­don cer­e­monies.

Trum­pused last year’s par­don tomake­jokes about the im­peach­ment process.

In 2018, Trumpjoked about one of the tur­keys con­test­ing the elec­tion. Ge­orge H.W. Bush es­tab­lished the an­nual tur­key par­don tra­di­tion in 1989 by spar­ing a23kg bird as an­i­mal rights ac­tivists pick­eted nearby.

 ??  ?? Don­ald Trump praised the Covid vac­cine progress.
Don­ald Trump praised the Covid vac­cine progress.

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