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Bush pardons White House turkeys

It's a lucky day for a couple of turkeys.
/ Source: The Associated Press

It's a lucky day for a couple of turkeys.

President Bush pardoned the fowls in the annual pre-Thanksgiving photo-op at the White House.

The national bird and its backup are from Indiana and each weighs about 45 pounds. They'll be spared a dinner table fate and then flown to Disney World in Florida, to live in Mickey Mouse's backyard at the Magic Kingdom.

Presidents since Truman have pardoned the birds. But the event has been updated in recent years to include a bird-naming contest, with votes cast on the White House Web site. The nominees this year included: Wing and Prayer, Jake and Tom and Wish and Bone.  The president announced the winning names at the pardonning as "May" and "Flower."