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.