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Wild Turkey Distiller Asks Obama to Give Kentucky the Bird

Nov. 19, 2012

Job creation has been an integral part of President Obama's platform throughout this election year and now Wild Turkey is offering to help the Commander-in-Chief with his economy-boosting efforts by providing a guaranteed gig for this year's Presidentially-pardoned Thanksgiving turkey.

Each November, the National Turkey Federation donates a live turkey to the President of the United States, which America's Chief Executive promptly pardons from the dreaded, yet delicious, destination that awaits its feathered friends - the dinner table. Previous blessed birds have gone on to live out their post-pardon life roaming George Washington's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia, while others have served as honorary grand marshals of the Thanksgiving Day Parade at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

This year, Wild Turkey hopes to give this one fortunate fowl a prominent position as official "spokesbird" at its bourbon distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. The Wild Turkey Distillery, where this pardoned turkey would reside full-time, has recently undergone a $50 million expansion, making the 134,000 square-foot facility one of the largest whiskey distilleries in North America, and an ideal home for this feathered friend.

"In our humble opinion, there is no better place for this year's Presidentially-pardoned bird to live out its golden years than the Wild Turkey Distillery grounds in central Kentucky," said Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller, Wild Turkey Bourbon. "There really is no bird more undeniably American than the turkey. After all, it was the great Benjamin Franklin who called for it to be named our national bird."

"So Mr. President, this Thanksgiving, please - Give Us The Bird," added Russell.

As part of the company's request, Russell has sent a personal letter to President Obama making a formal plea to receive the pardoned turkey. A reception committee is at the ready on Wild Turkey Hill prepared to welcome the famous bird into the family and properly install him as the company's official spokesbird.



Source: Copyright PRNewswire 2012


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