Turkey Pardon: Obama Pardons Pair of Thanksgiving Turkeys

Turkey pardoning is something President Barack obama made sure he had time for Wednesday morning. According to CBSNews.com, President Obama pardoned a pair of turkeys, named Apple and Cider.

Two turkeys were raised on a Modesto, Calif. farm. At twenty-one weeks old, the turkeys were chosen from a group of twenty-five birds by a panel of judges.

The Los Angeles Times reported:

As if on cue, Apple let out a proud gobble as Obama made the pardon official. The president then made his way over to the bird, giving its head a pat down as he quizzed its owner about the wattle. The first daughters declined the chance to pet it as well.

Obama shared at the turkey pardoning that "it feels pretty good tos top at least one shellacking this November," referring to the Democrats' midterm election losses earlier this month.

So what exactly did Obama say?

"As president of the United States," he told the turkeys, CBS reported, "you are hereby pardoned from the thanksgiving dinner table. May you have a wonderful and joyful life at Mt. Vernon."

According to the Los Angeles Times, the tradition of the Thanksgiving turkey pardon dates back to President Kennedy. This year marks the 63rd National Thanskgiving Turkey presentation.

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