The White House
Presentation of the National Thanksgiving Turkey by the National Turkey Federation began with President Harry Truman, and has continued through each presidential administration with a turkey raised at the direction of that year’s NTF chairman.
Each year, NTF looks forward to the invitation from the White House to present the National Thanksgiving Turkey to the president of the United States. Carrying forward that history, this year’s turkey comes to the White House in the arms of National Turkey Federation Chairman Jeff Sveen. Jeff is the first person to represent South Dakota at the event as NTF Chairman. He has the honor of presenting this symbol of Thanksgiving and reminder of the blessings of the nation’s bountiful harvest. Recent custom has the president “pardoning” the turkey he receives.
2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey "Popcorn" has the North Portico to himself in the minutes before the President of the United States steps to the podium.
The White House North Portico facing Pennsylvania Avenue shelters the event for the President and guests, but the large covered porch with its supporting columns isn't quite deep enough to protect the network and newspaper camera crews from the November sleet and snow. The North Portico is one of three areas where the event can be staged, based on that day's weather.
Just inside the North Portico is the Entrance Hall, prepared as a warm alternative location to snowfall and freezing temperatures outside on this cold November day in 2014.
Rose Garden Ceremony
Located on the southwest side of the White House, near the Oval Office, the Rose Garden has room to accomodate more guests when weather permits a mild November day, as happened in 2015.