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President Obama Pardons Turkeys as Part of Annual Rite

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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 , Minnesota.

"This is a quintessentially American holiday and during this time we give thanks to our friends and our family, for citizens who show compassion to those in need, for neighbors who help strangers they've never met. We give thanks for the blessings of freedom and opportunity that previous generations worked so hard to secure for and we give thanks for the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform who serve our nation around the world."
 
The turkeys will be on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens through January 6.   (AP)

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