County Turkey Gobbles Up Fame

Local Bird Hams It Up For Presidential Family

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Posted: November 23, 2012

President Barack Obama reacts as daughter Malia, 14, (right) refuses an offer to pet Rockingham County turkey Cobbler during the annual “pardoning” ceremony at the White House on Wednesday. Also in attendance are Steve Willardsen, president of Cargill’s turkey processing business (left), and the president’s 11-year-old daughter, Sasha. (Photos by Nikki Fox)
Cobbler struts his stuff on the White House grounds. He’ll live out the rest of his life at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate.
Presidential daughters Malia, 14, (left) and Sasha, 11, listen as President Barack Obama fires off some turkey one-liners at Wednesday’s official “pardoning” ceremony.
WASHINGTON — Cobbler’s 15 minutes of fame didn’t even last 15 minutes.

But he made sure the seven minutes he did spend Wednesday afternoon in front of dozens of cameras from media outlets...


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