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  • (applause)

  • The President: Thank you so much, everybody.

  • Please have a seat.

  • Have a seat.

  • For generations, Presidents have faithfully executed two

  • great American traditions: issuing a proclamation that

  • sets aside a Thursday in November for us to express

  • gratitude, and granting pardons that reflect our

  • beliefs in second chances.

  • And this week, we do both.

  • (laughter)

  • Of course, Thanksgiving is a family holiday as much as a

  • national one.

  • So for the past seven years, I've established another

  • tradition: embarrassing my daughters with a

  • "corny-copia" of dad jokes about turkeys.

  • (laughter)

  • This year, they had a scheduling conflict.

  • (laughter)

  • Actually, they just couldn't take my jokes anymore.

  • (laughter)

  • They were fed up.

  • Audience: Oooooh --

  • The President: Fortunately, I

  • have by my side here today two of my nephews -- Austin

  • and Aaron Robinson -- who, unlike Malia and Sasha, have

  • not yet been turned cynical by Washington.

  • (laughter)

  • They still believe in bad puns.

  • They still appreciate the grandeur of this occasion.

  • They still have hope.

  • (laughter)

  • Malia and Sasha, by the way, are thankful that this is my

  • final presidential turkey pardon.

  • What I haven't told them yet is that we are going to do

  • this every year from now on.

  • (laughter)

  • No cameras.

  • Just us.

  • Every year.

  • No way I'm cutting this habit cold turkey.

  • (laughter and applause)

  • Good one.

  • That was pretty funny.

  • (laughter)

  • Thanksgiving is a chance --

  • (laughter)

  • -- to gather with loved ones, reflect on our many

  • blessings, and, after a long campaign season, finally

  • turn our attention from polls to poultry.

  • This year, we're honored to be joined by two of the

  • lucky ones, who were raised by the Domino family in

  • Iowa: Tater and Tot.

  • Now, Tater is here in a backup role, just in case

  • Tot can't fulfill his duties.

  • So he's sort of like the Vice Turkey.

  • We're working on getting him a pair of aviator glasses.

  • (laughter)

  • And it is my great privilege -- well, it's my privilege

  • -- actually, let's just say it's my job --

  • (laughter)

  • -- to grant them clemency this afternoon.

  • As I do, I want to take a moment to recognize the

  • brave turkeys who weren't so lucky, who didn't get to

  • ride the gravy train to freedom --

  • (laughter)

  • -- who met their fate with courage and sacrifice -- and

  • proved that they weren't chicken.

  • (laughter)

  • The President: Oh, it's not that bad.

  • Now, come one.

  • (laughter)

  • Of course, we have a lot to be thankful for

  • this Thanksgiving.

  • Six straight years of job creation -- the longest

  • streak ever.

  • Low unemployment.

  • Wages are rising again.

  • Inequality is narrowing.

  • The housing market is healing.

  • The stock market has nearly tripled.

  • Our high school graduation rate is at an all-time high.

  • And our uninsured rate is at an all-time low, thanks to

  • the 20 million more Americans, including

  • millions of children, who finally know the security of

  • health insurance.

  • (applause)

  • That's worth gobbling about.

  • (laughter)

  • Proud families across the country are finally complete

  • now that marriage equality is the law of the land.

  • And there are many families of servicemembers who had

  • empty chairs at the table in recent years but who on this

  • Thanksgiving can celebrate with our brave troops and

  • veterans who we've welcomed home.

  • Thanksgiving is also a reminder of the source of

  • our national strength -- that out of many, we are

  • one; that we're bound not by any one race or religion,

  • but rather by an adherence to a common creed, that all

  • of us are created equal.

  • And while accepting our differences and building a

  • diverse society has never been easy, it has never been

  • more important.

  • We are a people that look out for one another and get

  • each other's backs.

  • We keep moving forward, defined by values and ideals

  • that have been a light to all humanity.

  • We have to see ourselves in each other because we've all

  • got families we love, and we all have hopes for their

  • better future.

  • And we lose sight of that sometimes, and Thanksgiving

  • is a good time for us to remember that.

  • We have a lot more in common than divides us.

  • The holidays are also a time when it's even more

  • important to reach out to those who need a helping hand.

  • I believe we're judged by how we care for the poor and

  • the vulnerable, the sick and the elderly, the immigrant,

  • the refugee, everybody who's trying to get a second chance.

  • I believe that in order to truly live up to those

  • ideals we have to continually fight

  • discrimination in all its forms and always show the

  • world that America is a generous and giving country.

  • We should also make sure everyone has something to

  • eat on Thanksgiving -- of course, except the turkeys,

  • because they're already stuffed.

  • (laughter)

  • Audience: Ooooh --

  • (laughter)

  • The President: So, later today, the Obama family will

  • participate in our traditional Thanksgiving service project.

  • And when somebody at your table tells you that you've

  • been hogging all the side dishes and you can't have

  • any more, I hope you respond with a creed that sums up

  • the spirit of a hungry people: Yes, We Cran.

  • (laughter)

  • That was good.

  • (laughter)

  • You don't think that's funny?

  • Look, I know there are some bad ones in here, but this

  • is the last time I'm doing this, so we're not leaving

  • any room for leftovers.

  • (laughter)

  • Let me just say -- how am I doing?

  • Good?

  • Thumbs up?

  • Let me just say one last thing before I spare these

  • turkeys' lives.

  • On this Thanksgiving, I want to express my sincere

  • gratitude to the American people for the trust that

  • you've placed in me over these last eight years and

  • the incredible kindness that you've shown my family.

  • On behalf of Michelle, and my mother-in-law, and our

  • girls, we want to thank you so very, very much.

  • And now, from the Rose Garden, Tater and Tot will

  • go to their new home at Virginia Tech -- which is

  • admittedly a bit Hokie.

  • (laughter)

  • They'll get to live out their natural lives at a new

  • facility called Gobblers Rest, where students and

  • veterinarians will care for them.

  • And so let's get on with the pardoning because it's

  • Wednesday afternoon and everyone knows that

  • Thanksgiving traffic can put people in a "fowl" mood.

  • Audience: Ooooh --

  • The President: Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

  • Let's go pardon these turkeys.

  • (applause)

(applause)

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