U.S. President Barack Obama attends the pardoning of National Thanksgiving turkey accompanied by his nephews Aaron Robinson and Austin Robinson at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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President Barack Obama got the holiday mood started at the White House on Wednesday with the traditional pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, this time with his nephews standing in for daughters Malia and Sasha.Obama said he has used the past pardoning ceremonies to embarrass his daughters with a cornucopia of bad jokes about turkeys.Obama joked they had not yet been turned cynical by Washington.The ceremony also gave Obama a chance to reflect on the spirit of Thanksgiving.The National Turkey Federation began bringing live turkeys to the White House when President Harry S. Truman was in office.
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