Obama jokes about presidential race at turkey pardoning

United States President Barack Obama attends 68th annual pardoning of Thanksgiving turkey with daughters Malia and Sasha in WashingtonBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Speaking at his annual Thanksgiving turkey pardoning on Wednesday, President Barack Obama joked about raising teenage daughters, his critics and the 2016 presidential race. “As you may have heard, for months, there has been a fierce competition between a bunch of turkeys trying to win their way into the White House,” Obama said. Following a long pause and some laughter he added, “some of you caught that.” Obama pardoned two California-raised turkeys, named “Honest” and “Abe,” who will retire to a historic farm in Leesburg, Virginia, rather than end up on Americans’ Thanksgiving tables.

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