Bush Pardons National Turkey

President Bush says he's not sure why any turkey would want to live at something called Frying Pan Park (search). However, he guesses the turkey was told what the alternative would be: possibly ending up as somebody's Thanksgiving dinner.

Bush pardoned the national turkey Monday in an annual White House ceremony. The turkey and an alternate were named Stars, and Stripes though a contest on the White House Web site. Bush said those choices beat out Pumpkin and Cranberry, in a "neck-to-neck race."

After granting the presidential pardon (search), Bush invited some schoolkids gathered on the White House lawn (search) to pet the birds. The two turkeys will live out their days on a Virginia farm.