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Thanksgiving turkey no longer wanted by Disneyland

US President Barack Obama participates in the traditional turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington DC on Nov. 25, 2009.

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The Thanksgiving turkey traditionally spared by the US president will no longer go to Disneyland, where it has been a star of the show in recent years, the theme park said last week.

As the US gears up for its annual feast on Thursday, a spokeswoman said the California resort had decided to end the custom of hosting the pardoned bird, which has been part of its Thanksgiving parade.

“Originally we brought the turkey here during the 50th anniversary of Disneyland, as maybe a one time thing, tying into our anniversary, and calling it the happiest turkey on earth,” said spokeswoman Donna Fisk.

That anniversary was in 2005. “We did it for five years, and the decision (to stop) was mostly based on bringing new and different programs to our guests,” she added.

The White House meanwhile said the spared turkey — to be pardoned by President Barack Obama in a Rose Garden ceremony tomorrow — will go to a different home.

“After the pardoning, the turkeys will be driven to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens” outside Washington, said a White House statement, adding that the turkey would be on display over Christmas.

“After the holidays, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate will live in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s nationally recognized livestock facility,” it said.

The origin of the bizarre White House ritual dates from when John F. Kennedy was presented with a Thanksgiving turkey with a message around its neck saying, “Good Eatin,’ Mr. President.”

Kennedy spared the bird, and while US leaders have approached the ritual differently, Obama pointed out last year that it was president George Bush who formalized the tradition 20 years ago.



1. pardon v./n.

赦免 (she4 mian3)

例: The man had his conviction pardoned by the governor.


2. enclosure n.

圈地 (quan1 di4)

例: The gorilla enclosure will be closed to the public this weekend.


3. livestock n.

家畜 (jia1 chu4)

例: The laws will not affect the way livestock is bought and sold.


4. formalize v.

成為正式的 (cheng2 wei2 zheng4 shi4 de5)

例: The letter formalized the agreements reached at the meeting.












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