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tv   President Biden Pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey  CSPAN  November 21, 2022 11:34pm-11:46pm EST

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♪ want governor desantis to run. he is a great governor. all of these people -- ♪ >> brooklyn middle school. pres. biden: good morning, everybody. i'm sorry, there is a tradition
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where i come from in delaware and if there is a governor in pres. biden: good morning, everybody. i'm sorry, there is a tradition where i come from in delaware and if there is a governor in the room, i have to stand up. thank you, governor, for being here. it is a wonderful thanksgiving tradition at the white house. there is a lot to say about it but it is chilly outside so i will keep this short. nobody likes it when there turkey gets cold. i want to thank ronnie parker from monroe, north carolina. romney has 44 years in the turkey business. he is also a grower of our honored guest, today. he got a lot of help from lexi, a fourth-generation member of the ranch where the turkeys were raised and prepared for this day. i'm not sure of the verdict, yet. we will find out in a minute. they listen to a lot of music, i'm told, in order to prepare for the crowd noise. that is hard work. and they interacted with the
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children to show their softer side. sounds like another flock hoping sounds like another flock hoping to come to washington in 2024. but, look. we are joined by another special guest. that is the largest national turkey presentation at the white house. roy cooper and first lady krista cooper are here. truly fantastic. say hi. [cheers & applause] i'm also joined by congressman dan bishop. where are you? welcome. good to see you here. thank you. from the ninth district of north carolina. and a special thanks to members of my staff and their young children who are here today as well. matter of fact, you see that dog up in the balcony? that is my dog, commander. i was worried if he came down here, he would do nothing but kiss you and lick you.
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we are joined by another group of kids, students from brooklyn middle school. the reason they are here in washington and have joined us today was they were invited a couple of years ago to come but because of covid, we couldn't have it. i'm glad you guys came this year. thank you very much for coming. we are also joined by students from the four h programs of virginia and maryland and the folks from the national future farmers of america. farmers of america. i want to thank them for being here as well. [gobbling] pres. biden: i didn't mean to get started. that is my grandson and my granddaughter. don't let him jump. [laughter] at any rate, we have to get on with this. the votes are in and have been counted and verified.
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there is no ballot stuffing and no foul play. the only red wave this season will be if german shepherd commander knocks over the cranberry sauce at our table. my fellow americans, please welcome the 2022 national thanksgiving turkeys, chocolate and chip. [applause] i tell you what, man. they can go wherever they want. chocolate is my favorite ice cream. we could have named him chips and science. that would've been a good name as well. chocolate weighs 46 pounds and chip weighs 47 and he loves barbecue and basketball, i'm told.
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after receiving the presidential pardon, chocolate and chip will pardon, chocolate and chip will head to one of the nation's great best of all schools and -- best basketball schools and research universities, north carolina state. when we told them they were joining the wolfpack, they got real scared. but then we explained it was just the mascot of the school as one of the nations best science departments in the country. based on this temperament, commitment to being productive members of society, i hereby pardon. [gobbling] pres. biden: yes. [laughter] i hereby pardon chocolate and chip. which one is chocolate and which one is chip? chocolate, you are pardoned and so is chip. >> we put them on the table. pres. biden: can you do that?
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that is a big bird, ma'am. [laughter] we have more chickens than anybody in the nation. we don't have turkeys. look at this. this is chocolate, right? chocolate, you are pardoned. yeah, you are. yeah, you are. i'm serious. he said i don't know, you didn't have to pardon me. i knew i was pardoned. at any rate, thank you both very much. thank you very much. i appreciate it. how many turkeys you got down there? 9.5 million turkeys. i tell you what, that is like some of the countries i've been to. anyway. you want to talk? [laughter] pres. biden: look, folks. in all seriousness, let me close
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with this. you can't forget the reason for thanksgiving in the first place. the pilgrims thought it was the pilgrims thought it was important in tough times to come together. thank god. that is what the thanksgiving tradition is all about. being grateful for what we have. and grateful for fellow americans we may never meet. think about the science researchers and doctors keeping us safe during the pandemic. two years ago, we could not have a safe thanksgiving with large family gatherings. now we can. that is progress. let's keep it going. we have new covid vaccine updates and new variants. get it today. get your flu shot as well. this winter can be much better happier than other holiday seasons what you have to do your part. we are also grateful for front-line workers who are
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keeping essential services going and growing and providing food on our tables. we are grateful for our faith leaders, and their counsel and comfort and support. later today, jill and i will be flying to north carolina for a friendsgiving, where we will serve thanksgiving dinner to military troops to show our military troops to show our gratitude for their service and sacrifice. so many of them are missing someone at their table today. like our family, so it is important to keep them in our hearts. those who have lost so much and those who are going to have an empty seat at their table this thanksgiving. it is a special time. it is the greatest nation on earth. let's be grateful. the scripture says let us rejoice, always. pray continually and give thanks in all circumstances. folks, let's remember, with all
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the political fighting that goes on, let's remember one thing. this is the united states of america. the united states of america. there is not a single, solitary thing beyond our capacity as a nation. nothing beyond our capacity, if we do it together, united. united. [gobbling] [laughter] pres. biden: you picked two great turkeys. may god bless you all and may god protect our troops. thank you all for being here. [cheers & applause] ♪
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