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Obama pardons turkeys as part of annual rite

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:19 p.m. HST, Nov 27, 2013

WASHINGTON » 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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PokeStop wrote:
Looks like Obama has pardoned himself! Big Turkey!
on November 27,2013 | 11:54AM
Ronin006 wrote:
You are so right. The turkey that needs to be pardon is the turkey who pardoned the turkey.
on November 27,2013 | 04:38PM
Skyler wrote:
This bizarre practice needs to stop.
on November 27,2013 | 12:04PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
too. easy. must. not. comment.
on November 27,2013 | 01:40PM
noheawilli wrote:
How dare GQ magazine label him in the top 20 least effective people, he pardoned a turkey, lets see mily cirus do that!
on November 27,2013 | 02:27PM
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