President Barack Obama the last time as head of the state fulfilled a long-standing national tradition of pardoning a Turkey on the eve of thanksgiving. At the ceremony in the Rose garden of the White house by the outgoing leader was accompanied by nephews, Austin and Aaron Robinson. According to the head of the state, “they are not as cynical about Washington as (my daughters) Malia and Sasha”.
As transfers RIA “Novosti”, the ceremony lasted about 10 minutes, it was attended by several dozen people.
During a brief speech, Obama several times passed with joking tones to serious and back again. He in particular recalled that “for generations American presidents followed two traditions – the proclamation of thanksgiving and pardon those who hope to get a second chance in life.” “This week we did both,” he said, referring to the pardon of a large number convicted of minor crimes.
He also said that this year the Americans “have something to give thanks”: the creation of new jobs, increasing employment, economic recovery.
During the presidential speech, the Turkey is named Tot (Tot, Tot) is important walked across the lawn. Then she was placed on a specially prepared podium, where Obama read over it, “permitting vows.” There was also a nearby second Turkey – Tator (Tator, Potato). The words of Obama, it was assigned the role of “Vice-Turkey if He refused to carry out their duties”.
Now the main hero of the occasion will go into “honorable retirement” in the Technological University of Virginia, where they would be looked after by veterinarians and students.
Thanksgiving day in USA is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November – this year November 24.
The tradition of thanksgiving and feed the turkeys for the holiday table dates back to 1621 when the first settlers invited the Indians who lived on the territory of present-day Massachusetts, together to praise God for the harvest. Those brought unprecedented settlers the bird, which was later named Turkey.