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  • Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Welcome to the White HouseOn behalf of Sasha and

  • Malia and myself, we're thrilled to see you. I want to thank Walter Pelletier, chairman

  • of the National Turkey Federation, and Joel Brandenberger, its president, for donating

  • this year's turkey. His name is "Courage," and he traveled here from Goldsboro, North

  • Carolina, where he was raised under Walter's own precious care.

  • (Turkey gobbles.) There you go. (Laughter.)

  • Now, the National Turkey Federation has been bringing its finest turkeys to the White House

  • for more than 50 years. I'm told Presidents Eisenhower and Johnson actually ate their

  • turkeys. You can't fault them for that; that's a good-looking bird. (Laughter.)

  • President Kennedy was even given a turkey with a sign around its neck that said, "Good

  • Eatin', Mr. President." But he showed mercy and he said, "Let's keep him going." And

  • 20 years ago this Thanksgiving, the first President Bush issued the first official presidential

  • pardon for a turkey. Today, I am pleased to announce that thanks

  • to the interventions of Malia and Sasha -- because I was planning to eat this sucker

  • -- (laughter) -- "Courage" will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate. Later

  • today, he'll head to Disneyland, where he'll be grand marshal of tomorrow's parade. And

  • just in case "Courage" can't fulfill his responsibilities, Walter brought along another turkey, "Carolina,"

  • as an alternate, the stand-in. Now, later this afternoon, Michelle, Malia,

  • Sasha and I will take two of their less fortunate brethren to Martha's Table, an organization

  • that does extraordinary work to help folks here in D.C. who need it the most. And I

  • want to thank Jaindl's Turkey Farm in Orefield, Pennsylvania, for donating those dressed birds

  • for dinner. So today, all told, I believe it's fair to say that we have saved or created

  • four turkeys. (Laughter.) You know, there are certain days that remind

  • me of why I ran for this office. And then there are moments like this -- (laughter)

  • -- where I pardon a turkey and send it to Disneyland. (Laughter.) But every single

  • day, I am thankful for the extraordinary responsibility that the American people have placed in me

  • I am humbled by the privilege that it is to serve them, and the tremendous honor it is

  • to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the finest military in the world -- and I want to wish

  • a Happy Thanksgiving to every service member at home or in harm's way. We're proud of

  • you and we are thinking of you and we're praying for you.

  • When my family and I sit around the table tomorrow, just like millions of other families

  • across America, we'll take time to give our thanks for many blessings. But we'll also

  • remember this is a time when so many members of our American family are hurting. There's

  • no question this has been a tough year for America. We're at war. Our economy is

  • emerging from an extraordinary recession into recovery. But there's a long way to go and

  • a lot of work to do. In more tranquil times, it's easy to notice

  • our many blessings. It's even easier to take them for granted. But in times like

  • these, they resonate a bit more powerfully. When President Lincoln set aside the National

  • Day of Thanksgiving for the first time -- to celebrate America's "fruitful fields,"

  • "healthful skies," and the "strength and vigor" of the American people -- it was in the midst

  • of the Civil War, just when the future of our very union was most in doubt. So think

  • about that. When times were darkest, President Lincoln understood that our American blessings

  • shined brighter than ever. This is an era of new perils and new hardships.

  • But we are, as ever, a people of endless compassion, boundless ingenuity, limitless strength.

  • We're the heirs to a hard-earned history and stewards of a land of God-given beauty.

  • We are Americans. And for all this, we give our humble thanks -- to our predecessors,

  • to one another, and to God. So on this quintessentially American holiday,

  • as we give thanks for what we've got, let's also give back to those who are less fortunate.

  • As we give thanks for our loved ones, let us remember those who can't be with us.

  • And as we give thanks for our security, let's in turn thank those who've sacrificed to make

  • it possible, wherever they may be. Now, before this turkey gets too nervous that

  • Bo will escape and screw up this pardon -- (laughter) -- or before I change my mind,

  • I hereby pardon "Courage" so that he can live out the rest of his days in peace and tranquility

  • in Disneyland. And to every American, I want to wish you,

  • on behalf of myself, Malia, Sasha, and Michelle, the happiest

  • of Thanksgivings. Thank you very much, everybody. (Applause.)

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Welcome to the White HouseOn behalf of Sasha and

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