(UPDATED at 12:10 p.m.) The fate of a 19-week-old turkey was left hanging in the balance this morning when Gov. John Hoeven had to leave his annual turkey pardon to take a phone call from President Barack Obama.
The call took Hoeven by surpriseÂ since he wasn’t expecting the call at that time. Hoeven took the call and then returned to officially grant turkey Tallulah her pardon.
Hoeven, aÂ Republican,Â said Obama called him from Air Force One. The outreach call wasÂ to talk about working together, Hoeven said. Hoeven begins his new duties as a U.S. senator in early January.
During the turkey event, the North Dakota Turkey Federation also presented local charities with frozen turkeys. Hoeven spoke about what theÂ eventÂ meant for him.
“Itâ€™s to help feed the homeless, feed people that need a meal during this holiday season and, of course, it reminds us all how important it is, as we celebrate the holidays, to make sure that we think of others,” Hoeven said.
(Video of the event will be posted later.)