You Won’t Believe What Sasha Obama Just Did For Thanksgiving…
It’s a Thanksgiving tradition at the White House every year that the president pardons a turkey. During each year of Obama’s presidency, his daughters have been by his side for this traditional ceremony. That’s why it came as a surprise this year when the girls were nowhere to be found…
She may have skipped the annual turkey pardoning ceremony, but Sasha Obama made sure to lend her parents a helping hand as they served dinner to veterans on the night before Thanksgiving.
The First Family rang in the holiday early with residents at the Armed Services Retirement Home in Washington, DC, on Wednesday.
President Obama seemed to still be in the comedic mood he displayed earlier that day, cracking jokes with the veterans and putting smiles on their faces as he dished out turkey and ladled gravy on to their plates.
Obama was also joined by wife Michelle, although Malia appeared to skip the family’s traditional Thanksgiving service project.
Last year both daughters were on hand to help Obama and Michelle serve dinner at the Friendship Place homeless center in Washington DC.
On Wednesday Obama and Michelle were also joined by the First Lady’s brother, ESPN analyst Craig Robinson, and his two sons Austin and Aaron.
The boys, aged six and four, got their first taste of the spotlight just that morning at the annual turkey pardoning, when Obama joked that his daughters had skipped the ceremony because they ‘couldn’t take my jokes anymore’.
Malia and Sasha actually had a ‘scheduling conflict’, according to their dad, but the president was more than happy to introduce his nephews – who he joked had ‘not yet been turned cynical by Washington’.
‘They still believe in bad puns, they still appreciate the grandeur of this occasion, they still have hope,’ he joked.
For his final turkey pardoning, Obama would be sparing the life of the Iowa-born Tot, whose companion Tater would also get to spend out the rest of his years at a turkey sanctuary at Virginia Tech University, which Obama called ‘a bit Hokie,’ using the school’s mascot to frame one of many bird-themed jokes throughout his remarks.
Explaining the heir and the spare roles of the two large birds, Obama explained that Tater was ‘sort of like the vice turkey.’
‘We’re working on getting him a pair of aviator glasses,’ the president joked in a clear reference to Vice President Joe Biden.
Obama continued with the jokes throughout his brief remarks, telling the crowd he wanted to recognize the turkeys who didn’t ride the ‘gravy train to freedom’ like the two at the White House today.
‘Who met their fate with courage, sacrifice and proved that they weren’t chicken,’ Obama said.
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