President Barack Obama pardoned his eighth and final turkey Wednesday afternoon. Traditionally, the sitting U.S. president pardons a turkey the day before Thanksgiving as a way of spreading hope, thankfulness, and emphasizing a belief in second chances. However, Obama also uses the presidential pardon as a pulpit for puns.
"For the last seven years," said Obama from the Rose Garden lectern, "I've established another tradition: Embarrassing my daughters with a corny-copia of dad jokes about turkeys." Proved his point in a single sentence. "This year," he continued, "they had a scheduling conflict. Actually, they just couldn't take my jokes anymore."
His daughters weren't there with him this year, but he was joined by his nephews Austin and Aaron Robinson who, unlike his daughters and their dad-joke embarrassment, "have not yet been turned cynical by Washington."