Trump Makes Playful Jab At Obama During Turkey Pardon

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On Nov. 21, President Donald Trump partook in one of the White House's silliest and oldest annual traditions: pardoning a turkey in time for Thanksgiving -- but not before firing a playful shot at former President Barack Obama.

"As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor," Trump said at the turkey pardoning in the Rose Garden, according to The Washington Post. "However, I have been informed by the White House counsel's office that Tator and Tot's pardons [from last year] cannot under any circumstances be revoked. So, we're not going to revoke them."

Some members of the first family attended the event, with Melania and Barron Trump at the president's side, although similar to former first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama, Barron did not crack a smile during the proceedings.

His father, however, had a ball of a time by all reports and kept a playful, jovial tone while leading the ceremony.

"Over the past 10 months Melania and I have had the pleasure of welcoming many, many special visitors to the great White House," the president said. "We have hosted dozens of incredible world leaders, members of Congress and, along the way, a few very strange birds. But we have yet to receive any visitors quite like our magnificent guest of honor today, Drumstick."

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Drumstick, the 47-pound turkey from western Minnesota, won a social media contest for the high honor, defeating runner-up Wishbone in a tough race. Though like Drumstick, Wishbone will run free at their Virginia Tech home, along with last year's turkeys, Tater and Tot.

"Hi, Drumstick," added Trump before walking toward the lucky animal. "Oh, Drumstick, I think, is going to be very happy … Wow, wow, big bird! That's a big bird. Are we allowed to touch? Wow. I feel so good about myself doing this … Drumstick, you are hereby pardoned."

Trump also said Drumstick "has a very, very bright future ahead of him," according to Politico.

The president then took a moment to wish a happy Thanksgiving to military members and their families.

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"We are forever grateful for the incredible job and the incredible sacrifice that you and your families make in the name of our freedom," he said, before calling the holiday a good time to "renew our bonds of trust, love and affection to our fellow citizen" and stating his appreciation for those who raise respectful children, abide by the law and help their communities.

Sources: The Washington Post, Politico / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: TurkZilla/Flickr,  Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons

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