Several family members and friends have sent me links to articles about this year’s White House turkey pardoning. Not to be confused with fake news, the tradition of the President receiving a live turkey for Thanksgiving began with Truman in 1947. The “presidential pardoning” of the turkey though began with President George H. W. Bush back in 1989.

And if you’re asking yourself why would people send me links about this turkey tradition, here’s the scoop: when I worked at the White House, I had the cool opportunity to coordinate the official pardoning of the Thanksgiving Turkey. And one year, I thought I was going to get fired thanks to a turkey and a couple of dogs.

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I’ve lived on the east coast for over a decade now, but Texas will always be home and will always have my heart. It’s been tough watching from afar, the continued rains and aftermath of Harvey. My brother-in-law lives in Houston. Thankfully, he and his neighborhood seem to be ok. (His wife is traveling in South America for work…had to leave days early to beat Harvey.) I have a cousin who is a firefighter for the Houston Fire Department. So thankful for him, all the first responders, and those who have just shown up to help. And I have a host of friends who live in and around Houston. All seem to be ok, but some have certainly lost their homes.

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