There have been many National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentations at the White House over the years, but it wasn’t until Ronald Reagan pardoned a turkey that the idea took hold and George H.W. Bush made the presidential pardon a yearly tradition. In honor of Thanksgiving, here are the top 9 most entertaining photos of presidents with turkeys:

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President Dwight Eisenhower appears to read jokes to his turkey.
Johnson
President Lyndon Johnson looks skeptical.
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President Gerald Ford stares down the bird.
Nixon
President Richard Nixon shakes hands with his turkey.
Reagan
President Ronald Reagan gets a surprise as the bird attempts to take flight.
Clinton
President Bill Clinton applauds his pardon.
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President George W. Bush says, “CHEESE!”
Obama
President Barack Obama looks hesitant as Sasha face-palms.

And because there are so many good ones of him, here’s a bonus Dubya pic:

Bush
President George W. Bush’s turkey gets a little TOO friendly!

Enjoy your turkey!

 

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