Our weekly “Can He Do That?” podcast focuses on presidential norms, laws, traditions and history. Some presidential rituals are more serious than others. Since it’s a holiday week, we’re taking this opportunity to focus on perhaps the quirkiest of all presidential traditions: the great pardoning of the Thanksgiving turkey at the White House.
Why do presidents do this? Where did this tradition come from? What does it even mean to “pardon” a turkey? We’ve got you covered in our special holiday episode.
Every year, a different Washington Post reporter is tasked with covering this annual moment at the White House. This year, that reporter is Jessica Contrera, who attended Tuesday's ceremony and joins us on the show.
Gobble up the full episode below.
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