VIDEO: President Obama pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey

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NATIONAL (KRON) — President Barack Obama pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey in a ceremony at the White House’s Rose Garden on Wednesday in honor of Thanksgiving.

President Obama celebrated the 69th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation by reflecting upon the time-honored traditions of Thanksgiving, and wished American families a safe and healthy holiday.

The President included a good amount of puns in his speech, “This is the last time I’m doing this, so we’re not leaving any room for leftovers.” He went on to explain though this will be his last time pardoning a turkey as President at the White House, he is starting a family tradition for him, Michelle, and his daughters Malia and Sasha, to attend the traditional pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey every year.

The 2016 National Thanksgiving Turkey and its alternate were hatched and raised in Iowa.

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