Turkey time at White House

People across the US will be gathering with their families next week for Thanksgiving. President Joe Biden marked the occasion by hosting the White House's annual holiday ceremony for the first time.

The two guests of honor were turkeys named Peanut Butter and Jelly. They traveled from Indiana for the occasion.

Biden told them that, by the power invested in him as president, he is issuing them a pardon for Thanksgiving. He then exhorted the turkeys to say something, and one of them made gobbling noises.

Peanut Butter and Jelly will live out the rest of their lives on a farm back in their home state.

According to the White House, the tradition of pardoning turkeys may date back to Abraham Lincoln, who spared a bird at his son's request. Former President George H. W. Bush was the first to make it an annual event.