U.S. President Joe Biden pardons Peanut Butter, one of the national Thanksgiving turkeys, Friday in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
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"Instead of getting basted, these two turkeys are getting boosted today," Biden joked.
Biden was in a jovial mood when he appeared before White House staffers and their families in the Rose Garden to pardon the Indiana turkeys, who gobbled merrily throughout the event. And while they were given a reprieve from the fate met by millions of turkeys on Thanksgiving Day, Biden said their names — Peanut Butter and Jelly — reminded him of the sandwich he often enjoys for lunch.
The pardoning comes as Biden's agenda has seen fresh signs of life, with the president signing his $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday and the House passing an even bigger companion bill — the nearly $2 trillion social services and climate change bill — on Friday. That bill will have to make it through the 50-50 Senate before landing on Biden's desk.
On Friday, Biden poked fun at his recent speeches on the infrastructure bill, declaring that "turkey is infrastructure" and that "Peanut Butter and Jelly are going to help build back the butterball as we move along," a reference to his administration's "Build Back Better" catchphrase.