Trump pardons Drumstick, the national Thanksgiving turkey

Yahoo News Photo Staff

What makes a good presidential turkey? Showmanship. A readiness to strut its stuff and gobble on command, yet enough restraint to stay on a table for the big photo op.

So say a Minnesota turkey farmer and 4-H kids who raised the turkey that went to the White House for an official pardon from President Trump on Tuesday.

The 40-pound Drumstick was presented to Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House Tuesday, where he was ceremoniously pardoned. Both Drumstick and Wishbone, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate “wingman,” will reside at their new home, Gobbler’s Rest, at Virginia Tech. (AP/Getty Images)

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<p>President Donald Trump participates in the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Nov. 21, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

President Donald Trump participates in the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Nov. 21, 2017. (Photo: Carlos Barria/Reuters)

<p>President Donald Trump claps after giving a pardon to the turkey, Drumstick, during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington on Nov. 21, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

President Donald Trump claps after giving a pardon to the turkey, Drumstick, during the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington on Nov. 21, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>President Donald Trump waves during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony with Drumstick the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

President Donald Trump waves during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony with Drumstick the turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

<p>President Donald Trump pardons Drumstick during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

President Donald Trump pardons Drumstick during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

<p>President Donald Trump participates in the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony as son Barron and first lady Melania Trump look on in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Nov. 21, 2017. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

President Donald Trump participates in the 70th National Thanksgiving turkey pardoning ceremony as son Barron and first lady Melania Trump look on in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Nov. 21, 2017. (Photo: Jim Bourg/Reuters)

<p>President Donald Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Nov. 21, 2017. (Photo: Jim Watsom/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

President Donald Trump pardons Thanksgiving turkey Drumstick in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Nov. 21, 2017. (Photo: Jim Watsom/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>President Donald Trump, center, with first lady Melania Trump, right, and their son Barron Trump, pardons Drumstick at the National Thanksgiving Turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This is the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

President Donald Trump, center, with first lady Melania Trump, right, and their son Barron Trump, pardons Drumstick at the National Thanksgiving Turkey pardoning ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. This is the 70th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

<p>Tiffany Trump, Ivanka Trump, right, and her daughter Arabella Kushne look at Drumstick after President Donald Trump pardoned the turkey in an annual presidential tradition, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

Tiffany Trump, Ivanka Trump, right, and her daughter Arabella Kushne look at Drumstick after President Donald Trump pardoned the turkey in an annual presidential tradition, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

<p>Wishbone, one of two turkeys set to be pardoned by President Donald Trump, is previewed by members of the press, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at the White House briefing room in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

Wishbone, one of two turkeys set to be pardoned by President Donald Trump, is previewed by members of the press, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at the White House briefing room in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

<p>Huck, 4, the son of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, looks at Wishbone, one of two turkeys set to be pardoned by President Donald Trump, with his mother during a preview of the foul to the media, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at the White House briefing room in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

Huck, 4, the son of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, looks at Wishbone, one of two turkeys set to be pardoned by President Donald Trump, with his mother during a preview of the foul to the media, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at the White House briefing room in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

<p>Drumstick and Wishbone, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate “wingman,” are introduced during an event hosted by The National Turkey Federation at the Williard InterContinental, Nov. 20, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

Drumstick and Wishbone, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate “wingman,” are introduced during an event hosted by The National Turkey Federation at the Williard InterContinental, Nov. 20, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

<p>Drumstick and Wishbone, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate “wingman,” are introduced during an event hosted by The National Turkey Federation at the Williard InterContinental, Nov. 20, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
Trump pardons ‘Drumstick,’ the National Thanksgiving Turkey

Drumstick and Wishbone, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate “wingman,” are introduced during an event hosted by The National Turkey Federation at the Williard InterContinental, Nov. 20, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

<p>Drumstick and Wishbone, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate “wingman,” are introduced during an event hosted by The National Turkey Federation at the Williard InterContinental, Nov. 20, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

Drumstick and Wishbone, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate “wingman,” are introduced during an event hosted by The National Turkey Federation at the Williard InterContinental, Nov. 20, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

<p>Drumstick and Wishbone, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate “wingman,” are introduced during an event hosted by The National Turkey Federation at the Williard InterContinental, Nov. 20, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) </p>
Trump pardons Drumstick

Drumstick and Wishbone, the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate “wingman,” are introduced during an event hosted by The National Turkey Federation at the Williard InterContinental, Nov. 20, 2017 in Washington. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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