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Obama guidance, press schedule Nov. 23, 2016. Final turkey pardon

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Below, from the White House….


Office of the Press Secretary


November 22, 2016



In afternoon, the President will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremonyin the Rose Garden.The President will celebrate the 69th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation, reflect upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wish American families a safe and healthy holiday.The 2016 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate were hatched and raised in Iowa.This ceremony is open press.

Later in the afternoon, the First Family will participate in a service event in the Washington, DC area. There will be travel pool coverage.

In-Town Travel Pool

Wires: AP, Reuters, Bloomberg

Wire Photos: AP, Reuters, AFP

TV Corr & Crew: FOX

Print: Tampa Bay Times

Radio: ABC


9:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time

2:45PM THE PRESIDENT pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey

Rose Garden

Open Press (Pre-Set 1:45PM, Final Gather 2:10PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

4:40PM THE FIRST FAMILY participates in a service event

Washington, DC Area

In-Town Pool Coverage (Final Gather 3:55 PM – North Doors of the Palm Room)


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