“Raising the presidential turkey flock has really been a lot of fun this year,” Welp said. “As we all know with another year of uncertainties with a pandemic, this project has really been something to look forward to and a joy to be able to participate in.”
Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) made an appearance at the turkey pardon press conference, calling Peanut Butter and Jelly “the two luckiest turkeys in the country, maybe.” Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.), who represents the turkeys’ home district, also spoke, welcoming Peanut Butter and Jelly to Washington.
“Some may say that I’m biased, but there’s no doubt that Indiana’s eighth district has the best turkeys in the country,” Bucshon said.
The presidential turkey pardon has a storied history. The first president to be presented with a turkey was Harry Truman in 1947, though the official White House turkey pardoning was started by President George H.W. Bush in 1989. The turkeys are always named in pairs — including 2014’s Mac and Cheese, 2016’s Tater and Tot and 2017’s Drumstick and Wishbone. In 2020, President Donald Trump pardoned turkey Corn over Cob.
Following Friday’s ceremony, Peanut Butter and Jelly will return to their home state of Indiana to live out the rest of their days at Purdue University in West Lafayette.