Meet Popcorn and Caramel, the pair of turkeys poised to be presented at the official pardoning ceremony Wednesday at the White House.
Raised on a Minnesota farm, the feathered duo arrived in Washington to a reception fit for a king (or at least some fortunate fowl), as officials at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in downtown D.C. hosted them on Tuesday.
While both will be spared from the Thanksgiving dinner table, the president will officially pardon only one. The White House announced Tuesday an online vote for the public to pick which turkey will receive the presidential pardon.
National Turkey Federation Chairman John Burkel, who helped arrange the road trip for Popcorn and Caramel from the North Star State to the nation’s capital, has his pick in Popcorn.
“The one that I'm more favoriting, he's just been a lot more calm to work with,” Burkel told The Hill. “The other guy struts a little more. He's a little harder to handle. He'll be OK [on Wednesday,] but [he’s] really the one that I work with the most, just a lot calmer bird."
The two turkeys, who will be renamed by Obama ahead of the White House tradition, aren’t short on personality. According to Burkel, they enjoy the songs “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé’s hit, “Halo.”
After the pardoning ceremony, the gobblers will head to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate before heading to their permanent home at a historic property in Virginia.
—Patrick Mortiere contributed.