President Obama pardons pair of gobblers for Thanksgiving

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by JIM KUHNHENN

Associated Press

Posted on November 23, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 23 at 2:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has pardoned two plump turkeys in an annual holiday rite.
   
The official national Thanksgiving turkey is a 19-week-old, 45-pound bird named Liberty. Its alternate, also spared, is a turkey of the same age and size named Peace.
   
The president says that Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for people but not for turkeys. Obama said, "They don't have it so good."
   
Obama jokingly cast his pardon as yet another executive action in a string of his "We Can't Wait" initiatives.
 

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