By Kelsey Glein
Nov 23, 2016 @ 5:15 pm
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Keep the dad jokes coming.

President Barack Obama participated in his final turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C. today, where he happily absolved two last turkeys of their Thanksgiving obligations. POTUS gave ceremonial freedom to Tater and Tot during a ceremony in the Rose Garden, where he stood with his adorable nephews Austin and Aaron Robinson, who he introduced as the sons of Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson. His own daughters, Malia and Sasha, were not present for the event, but with good reason—the were tired of his dad jokes and had "scheduling conflicts."

"Of course Thanksgiving is a family holiday as much as a national one, so for the past seven years I've established another tradition—embarassing my daughters with a cornucopia of dad jokes about turkeys. This year, they had a scheduling conflict," the President joked. "Malia and Sasha, by the way, are very thankful that this is my final presidential turkey pardon, but what I haven't told them yet is that we are going to do this every year from now on. No cameras, just us, every year. No way I'm cutting this habit cold turkey."

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"This is the last time I’m doing this, so we’re not leaving any room for leftovers," Obama said of his silly puns, but ended on a more serious note. "On this Thanksgiving, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the American people for the trust that you’ve placed in me."

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Talk about two very lucky turkeys.