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President Obama Pardons Two Lucky Turkeys

Posted Wednesday November 21, 2012 5:38 PM GMT

While Americans are stuffing their faces with their fellow fowl, two turkeys have been spared from their dinner table fate, thanks to President Barack Obama (November 21).

Following a long-standing White House tradition, today President Obama gave a presidential pardon to both Cobbler and Gobbler.

During a ceremony in the Rose Garden, the President joked, " You know, they say that life is all about second chances. And this November, I could not agree more. So in the spirit of the season, I have one more gift to give. And it goes to a pair of turkeys named Cobbler and Gobbler. The American people have spoken, and these birds are moving forward."

The popular custom started with Abraham Lincoln, who was egged on by his son, Tad. In the modern era, Americans voted online via a special Facebook page for which turkey they would like to be saved.

Enjoy the pictures of President Barack Obama with Sasha and Malia at the White House in Washington, D.C. (November 20).

Photo Credit: Getty Images