During Turkey Pardon, Obama Jokes About Republican ’Turkeys’ Running For President

Barack Obama 'pardons' the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on November 25, 2015. The President pardoned Honest and his alternate Abe, both 18-week old, 40-pound turkeys. The names of the turkeys were chosen from submissions from California school children. After the …
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Barack Obama used his annual turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House to make a joke at the expense of the Republican candidates running to replace him as president of the United States.

“As you may have heard, for months, there has been a fierce competition between a bunch of turkeys trying to win their way into the White House,” he said, pausing for recognition of his joke.

“Some of you caught that,” he added with a grin.

Obama called the bird that was chosen to be the presidential turkey as the “TOTUS” of the United States.

He publicly thanked his daughters Sasha and Malia for appearing with him every year to pardon the turkey. “As you get older, you appreciate when your kids just indulge you like this,” he said reminding everyone that “Time flies, even if turkeys don’t,” he joked as his daughters laughed.

“That was good, that was good.” his oldest daughter Malia admitted with a grin.

Obama told the audience that although his critics believed he was “often too soft on turkeys,” he appreciated the opportunity to wish Americans a Happy Thanksgiving.

“I’m sure the press is digging into whether or not the turkeys I’ve pardoned have really rededicated their lives to being good turkey citizens,” he said.

As he has in past years, Obama pardoned the presidential turkey with the Sign of The Cross.

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“Don’t interrupt,” he lectured the turkey as it gobbled in the middle of the pardon.


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