US President Barack Obama spared two turkeys from the oven Wednesday, fulfilling the annual tradition of a presidential pardon for a couple of lucky birds ahead of Thanksgiving Day.
Obama pardoned Popcorn, who shared the stage with him on the North Portico of the White House. Another turkey, named Caramel, also received a pardon, though it did not have the benefit of a face-to-beak meeting with Obama.
“The office of the presidency, the most powerful position in the world, brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities,” Obama said. “This is not one of them.”
Popcorn, the White House said, likes to feed on corn and strut to Beyonce’s Halo, while Caramel prefers soybean meal and Lady Gaga. Popcorn’s victory, Obama said, proves “that even a turkey with a funny name can find a place in politics.” As for Caramel, “he’s sticking around and he’s already busy raising money for his next campaign,” he said.