Skip to main content

This year, the White House asked the Internet to judge its turkey pardoning

years white house turkey pardoning hands internet
Image used with permission by copyright holder
The yearly presidential turkey pardoning is a strange, strange tradition. While neither bird will become dinner, it’s a very quasi-Hunger Games approach to naming one of the feathered friends the National Thanksgiving Turkey (real title).

And this year, the White House has asked us to participate in the decision. The White House website has a landing page asking if you’re #TeamCaramel or #TeamPopcorn. (Oh good God, why did we have to give them names?! They’re basically human to me now.)

The site has a nice breakdown of each turkey’s stats – they’re both four month old males, and Caramel’s the heftier of the two. While Popcorn has a “proud strut,” Caramel’s gait is “steady and deliberate.” The rest of the turkey’s aesthetics and personality traits can be found below.

turkey voting
Image used with permission by copyright holder

There’s even a Soundcloud clip of each turkey’s gobble, in case the government hasn’t tugged at your heartstrings enough.

Voting ran until last night, with people casting their ballots for the turkeys through Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter by using the appropriate #TeamCaramel or #TeamPopcorn hashtag. Only one turkey could take home the coveted title.

The White House could not have used a more diverse social media strategy here – and while the subject matter (turkeys?) is perhaps a bit trivial, it pulled in a lot of activity.

The winner will be announced later today, and it appears both turkeys are quite popular across the board. Although, there are considerably more photos tagged #TeamCaramel on Instagram, but they aren’t regarding the turkey. Here are the best social media-cast votes for the turkeys — and be sure to catch the thrilling conclusion later today.

I'm just saying, @WhiteHouse if you let #TeamPopcorn live it means the death of #TeamCaramel I vote #LetThemBothLiveAreWeMenOrBeasts

— B (@BrandoMorrissey) November 27, 2013

It's a @WhiteHouse conspiracy theory! #TeamPopcorn must be declared the pardoned turkey now. #GOBBLEGATE

— Madeline Marshall (@Maddie_Marshall) November 27, 2013


— yeslie (@LesHorn) November 26, 2013

Editors' Recommendations

Molly McHugh
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Before coming to Digital Trends, Molly worked as a freelance writer, occasional photographer, and general technical lackey…
The FCC and White House want to bring high-speed internet to rural areas
Cell tower FM radio

The government wants to make sure 5G and high-speed broadband reaches rural areas, and that the U.S. is leading the way in launching new high-speed internet tech. To that end, the Trump administration and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced a new plan to roll out high-speed internet to rural communities through the new "Rural Digital Opportunity Fund."

Of course, bringing the internet to rural areas isn't cheap -- and the FCC says that it will inject $20.4 billion into broadband networks in an effort to connect up to 4 million homes and businesses in rural areas over the next 10 years. The $20.4 billion will be given to companies in the form of subsidies over 10 years, as an incentive to build out broadband infrastructure.

Read more
X now offers audio and video calls, but it’s easy to turn off
The new X sign replacing the Twitter logo on the company's headquarters in San Francisco.

A couple of months after landing the CEO job at X (formerly Twitter) in May, Linda Yaccarino said: “X will be the platform that can deliver, well ... everything.”

Part of that includes audio and video calls, which the company has just started to roll out for users globally.

Read more
How to delete or deactivate your Facebook account
Google Pixel Fold in Obsidian with Facebook filled screen after rotating.

Maybe you just need to take a break from using Facebook. Or maybe you haven't used your Facebook account in awhile and don't plan to in the future. Whatever your reasons, you should know that you have two clear options when it comes to doing away with Facebook.

If you just need a break and will likely need your account in the future, you can deactivate your Facebook account. If you've moved on to greener social media pastures or just don't need your account anymore, you can delete your Facebook account too.

Read more