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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 11/22/2011

Nixon nails the turkey pardon

Thanksgiving always reminds us of the time during the Nixon administration when a particularly rambunctious turkey was presented to the late president at the White House.

The turkey was so flustered that, according to the tale, which is not widely recalled these days, its feet had to be nailed to the table.

We checked our recollection with a few Nixon administration veterans. One of them, who definitely would have known, e-mailed back: “Regarding the effort to restrain the White House Thanksgiving turkey, it is my understanding that at least one year, they nailed its feet to the table.” (Apparently the bird doesn’t have nerve endings in portions of its feet.)

We can only hope the turkey — like the president — was pardoned.

By  |  01:29 PM ET, 11/22/2011

 
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