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Obama Pardons Turkeys as Part of Annual Rite

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has spared two turkeys from the brine and the oven, fulfilling the annual tradition of a presidential pardon for a couple of lucky birds ahead of Thanksgiving Day.

Obama pardoned Popcorn, who shared the stage with the president on the North Portico of the White House on a cold drizzly day. An alternate turkey, named Caramel, also received a pardon, though it did not have the benefit of a face-to-beak meeting with the president.

Obama said presidents have many awesome and solemn responsibilities. “This is not one of them,” he says.

Popcorn and Caramel are 38-pound turkeys from Badger , Minn.

The turkeys will be on display at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens through Jan. 6

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  • weasel

    Which includes his entire administration most of whom are criminals.

  • Alpinecreep

    Republicans got pardoned?

  • Alpinecreep

    This is NOT cool! He pardoned mine, and now we will have to eat it raw, stabbing it to death with our forks at the table. It’ll be messy. Thanks Obummer!

  • Alpinecreep

    He did it again! I had my ex wife scheduled to be beheaded with the rest of the masses, and he saved her. Busssturd!!!

  • Alpinecreep

    Turkeys getting pardoned???? I thought Bush and Cheney got off already?

  • beermemarge

    You sure have some good recipes on your FB page. I’m downing a kahlua martini as I type this.