A cardinal rule of the American presidency: The Thanksgiving holiday must not go unacknowledged by a presidential photo-op.
  1. President Warren G. Harding's 1921 Thanksgiving turkey, a gift from the Harding Girls' Club of Chicago, arrived on a DH-4 mail plane, wearing a custom-made flying suit and a pair of goggles.
  2. President Herbert Hoover's 1929 Thanksgiving turkey(s), as ceremonially presented to his press secretary George Ackerson (center).
  3. President Franklin D. Roosevelt carves his Thanksgiving Turkey on November 30, 1933.
  4. President Harry S. Truman was presented a non-pardoned Thanksgiving turkey by members of the Poultry and Egg National Board and other representatives of the turkey industry, outside the White House on November 16, 1949.
  5. President Dwight D. Eisenhower receives a holiday turkey in 1956.
  6. President John F. Kennedy spontaneously pardoned the presidential turkey on November 18, 1963 (four days before his assassination).
  7. President Richard Nixon's first turkey ceremony in November 1969.
  8. President Gerald R. Ford with two turkeys (one presumably too far gone to be pardoned) on November 20, 1975.
  9. First Lady Rosalynn Carter and daughter Amy Carter pardoning a turkey (the other presumably too far gone to be pardoned) on November 21, 1978.
  10. President Ronald Reagan attempts to pardon the annual presidential turkey on November 23, 1987 (the turkey may have had other ideas).
  11. President George H.W. Bush Bush pardons the Thanksgiving turkey on November 14, 1990.
  12. President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton helped serve Thanksgiving dinner at New Covenant Baptist Church in Washington, DC, during their first holiday season in the White House, 1993.
  13. The Clinton family celebrates Thanksgiving at Camp David in 1994.
  14. President George W. Bush meets "Liberty," the first turkey to receive his presidential pardon, in the Rose Garden of the White House on November 19, 2001.
  15. From 2005 (shown) to 2009, the pardoned presidential turkeys were sent to Disneyland or Disney World to serve as grand marshalls of the Thanksgiving parade.
  16. President Barack Obama and daughters pardon the presidential turkey in 2010.