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  President Trump Holds National Turkey Pardon  CSPAN  November 24, 2020 2:22pm-2:36pm EST

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in capabilities? how do you do that with leaders like vladimir putin and ping and kim jong-un who have been extraordinarily aggressive and manipulative in information warfare improving military capabilities? again, it is easier to write things in academia and write things from a think tank perspective and what the united states should do. announcer: we leave the last few minutes of this but you can find it online at c-span.org. we take you live to the white house for a thanksgiving tradition getting underway. president trump and first lady melania trump getting ready to pardon two turkeys named corn and cob. ♪
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>> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states trump.semrs. [applause] >> thank you very much.
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i just want to congratulate everybody. the dow jones industrial average just broke, for the first time in history, 30,000. [applause] that is great for jobs and good for everything. this is the ninth time we have set a record during the course of 2020 and the 48th time we have set the record during the trump administration. there has never been anything like that. i want to congratulate everybody that worked so hard. the white house, but most importantly, the people of our country. tremendous achievement. the first lady and i are thrilled to welcome you all to the beautiful rose garden with the first lady worked very hard on renovating it. it was 61 years. it was in rough shape. very big job. when you go to the wires underground, people have no idea how complex it is. you have done a fantastic job. thank you very much. [applause]
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we are also very happy to have myth us by drdau daughter and jared. [applause] we want to wish every american a healthy at happy thanksgiving. we are here to continue a beloved annual tradition. the traditional presidential partner of a very fortunate turkey. because thanksgiving is a special day for turkeys. probably not a very good one when you think about it. the first turkey to dodge the white house dinner table received unofficial clemency when president abraham lincoln's tad asked his father to spare his new friend. for the past 73 years the national turkey federation has presented the national thanksgiving turkey to the president starting under
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president george h w bush. these birds have received a formal pardon every single year. today, it is my honor to present to you this year's lucky bird, corn, and just in case we needed him, cob. corn and cob, that is not hard to remember. they were selected from the official presidential flock of 30 turkeys. some real beauties. they were raised by the chairman of the national turkey federation himself, ron cardell. thank you very much. stand up. great job. [applause] ron, thank you for being here. beautiful family. thank you for being here. like so many presidential flux this one started in the great state of iowa. described asnly be an act of blatant pandering -- by the way, i love the state of iowa -- these turkeys sought to
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run the support of iowans by naming themselves corn and cob. they will retire under the care of skilled veterinarians that i was state university, -- iowa state university, tremendous university. once there, people will be able to visit them and learn about poultry science, veterinary noblene, and the american tradition of farming. we love our farmers, i'll tell you. [applause] pres. trump: and we hope and we note it is going to happen that happy,d cob have a long, and memorable life wa this urination commemorates this year our nation commemorates the anniversary of the programs landing on plymouth rock--pilgrims landing on plymouth rock. they endured a dangerous winter. many were sick, most were starving, and all were praying for america.
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from our earliest days come america has always been the story of perseverance and triumph, determination and strength. a time that is very unusual but in so many ways very, very good, what we've endured and been able to endure with the vaccines now coming out one after another, an incredible thing that happened, the greatest medical achievement this planet has ever seen. but it's time to remember that we live in a great, great country, the greatest of them all, and there is nothing even close as far as i'm concerned. every american can be united in for theing to god incredible gifts he has bestowed upon us to the blessings of family, community, and this exceptional and beautiful great country. during this thanksgiving we
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extend our eternal gratitude to the doctors, nurses, health-care workers, and scientists who have waged a battle against the china virus come and we give thanks for the vaccine and therapies that will soon end the pandemic. just such a tremendous feeling to know that they are coming and they will be coming probably starting next week or shortly thereafter. we send our love to every member of the armed forces and the law enforcement heroes risking their lives to keep america safe, to keep america great, and as i say, america first. shouldn't go away from that, america first. [applause] pres. trump: we give thanks to the priceless freedoms we have inherited, and we ask god to watch over and protect our nation and its people during this incredible holiday and in all of the years two come-- to come. we ask that of god. a and iain, melani
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wish you a happy thanksgiving. and now it is time for the moment of our guests of honor. they have been waiting, and in this case he has been waiting for this, and bring them out. look at that beautiful, beautiful bird. oh, so lucky. that is a lucky bird. pres. trump: corn, i hereby grant you a full pardon. thank you, corn. [applause]
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happy thanksgiving to everybody. thank you very much. [applause] ♪ >> before leaving office, will you be issuing a pardon for yourself? [applause]
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♪ >> georgia senator kelly loeffler and democratic challenger rafael warnock will debate on sunday. it is one of two on afflictions--runoff elections held january 5. you can listen with the free c-span radio app. president-elect joe biden introducing key foreign policy and a security personnel concluding tony blinken as the secretary of state, jake sullivan as national security asisor, and avril haines director of national intelligence.