The President’s Choice

Presidential Turkeys Bread and Butter in a hotel room
The 2019 Presidential Turkeys, Bread and Butter

The White House selects the names of the National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate, often chosen from suggestions submitted by the public. In recent years, the White House has selected which turkey should be presented as the National Thanksgiving Turkey and which should be the alternate. The final choice is announced by the president during the ceremony. Both turkeys receive an official pardon from the Thanksgiving table. A listing of recent name pairings for the National Thanksgiving turkey and alternate is listed below.