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The W D.C. Spent Thanksgiving With Obama and a Turkey

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November 29, 2010 at 9:10 AM | by | ()

How was your Turkey Day? Stay at any hotels this holiday weekend? The turkeys pardoned by President Obama did.

That's right. You know all about the Presidential tradition of saving a bird--but did you know that the turkey also gets an all-expenses-paid trip to D.C., complete with a stay at the W Washington D.C.?

In case you missed the pardoning ceremony held in the Rose Garden last week, this year's National Turkey is named Apple, and his feathered friend, Cider. As President Obama explained, the turkeys came from the Foster Farms Wellsford Ranch, just outside of Modesto, California. They made a shortlist and then the "big prize--life."

We'd say the W Hotel also won itself a big prize, getting a big shout out from Obama for putting the turkeys up before their big moment in the spotlight.

So said POTUS:

'They’ve been living it up on corn feed at the W hotel. The W hotel has really been putting them up. It’s great advertising. It makes you want to stay at the W.'

According to hotel reps, Apple was housed in a room with a woodchip-covered floor and a W Munchie box filled with corn and and soybean meal and dried cranberries. (Sounds just like our Thanksgiving!)

The hotel's GM Ed Baten said:

'As the closest hotel to the White House, we are just a short trot from his meeting with Mr. Obama. Before the turkey heads to his life of leisure at Mount Vernon, we are glad to offer him the Whatever/Whenever service we offer all of our guests.'

Hey, if we were promised an audience with Obama, Malia and Sasha, we'd be checking in, too.

For turkey-hotel-guest watchers who care about such things, the National Turkey had traditionally stayed at The Hotel Washington--until it closed in 2007 for its transformation into the W. This is the first year the bird has returned.

[Photo by Daniel Swartz/Courtesy W Washington D.C. ]

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