President Barack Obama is set to get in the holiday mood with the traditional pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey.
The light-hearted ceremony took place in the Rose Garden at the White House on Wednesday afternoon.
The two turkeys up for pardon are Tater and Tot. One lucky turkey will be saved from eating while the other will end up in the belly of the Obamas.
To figure out which gets saved and which gets roasted, the White House has asked the public to vote on Twitter for their favourite turkey.
But in the end, Obama saved both turkeys.
Speaking at the laughable event, he said: “It is my great privilege, well it’s my privilege—actually, let’s just say it’s my job—to grant them clemency this afternoon,” Obama said.
“As I do, I want to take a moment to recognize the brave turkeys who weren’t so lucky, who didn’t get to ride the gravy train to freedom, who met their fate with courage and sacrifice and proved that they weren’t chicken,” he continued, as a young child cried in the background.
“It’s not that bad now, c’mon,” Obama joked.