The White House released the names of the two turkeys up for consideration for the title of “National Thanksgiving Turkey” at the official turkey pardoning ceremony: Bread and Butter.
President Donald Trump will issue a presidential pardon to the turkeys Tuesday ahead of Thanksgiving, as part of the annual holiday tradition that was made official in 1989 under former President George H.W. Bush.
Bush at the time assured animal rights activists “this fine tom turkey” would not end up on a dinner table
The 2019 birds arrived in Washington from North Carolina on Sunday, and are being hosted at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in D.C. until their debut. The White House is conducting polling on social media and its website to determine the winner of the title.
Photos of Bread and Butter sitting on hotel beds and being wheeled on luggage carts in their carriers were shared to social media by the White House.
Bread and Butter love to watch college basketball and NASCAR, and weigh in at 45 and 47 pounds, respectively.
Last year, Peas the turkey beat out Carrots for the title, but both were pardoned and sent to live out their days in Virginia at Gobbler’s Rest, where they are cared for by Virginia Tech students and veterinarians, according to the White House.
“Even though Peas and Carrots have received a presidential pardon, I have warned them that House Democrats are likely to issue them both subpoenas,” Trump joked at last year’s ceremony.