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, a White House social media campaign has engaged the public to vote on which turkey should be the alternate and which should be presented as the National Thanksgiving Turkey. The final choice is announced by the president during the ceremony. A listing of recent name pairings for the National Thanksgiving turkey and alternate is listed below.