Obama Turkey Pardon: President, Flanked By Sasha & Malia, Saves "Liberty" From Roasting

WATCH: Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey

President Obama took to a stage outside the White House this morning, flanked by his daughters Sasha and Malia, to offer this year's Thanksgiving turkey pardon. The lucky recipient of this year's reprieve from death was a handsome 45 pound turkey named "Liberty," slightly bigger than last year's tom, "Courage."

HuffPost DC reporter Rachel Tepper helpfully explains that Liberty joins a long line of turkeys bred specially for the pleasure of being pardoned, making the event no more than ceremonial -- but it's a nice moment nonetheless.

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