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Malia and Sasha Ditch Final Turkey Pardon, President Obama Explains 'They Just Couldn't Take My Jokes Anymore'

by Jennifer Drysdale 12:44 PM PST, November 23, 2016
Playing Malia and Sasha Ditch Final Turkey Pardon, President Obama Explains 'They Just Couldn't Take My Jokes Anymore'

It seems Malia and Sasha Obama weren't up for another helping of their dad's Thanksgiving humor.

The first daughters were noticeably absent at President Obama's final turkey pardon at the White House on Wednesday, with their cousins, Austin and Aaron Robinson, standing in for them. 

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"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," Obama explained. "This year, they had a scheduling conflict… actually they just couldn't take my jokes anymore. They were fed up."

"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. They still believe in bad puns. They still appreciate the grandeur of this occasion. They still have hope," he said, before giving his annual pun-riddled speech.

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"Malia and Sasha, by the way, are thankful that this is my final presidential turkey pardon. What I haven't told them is that we're going to do this every year from now on. No cameras, just us, every year. No way I'm cutting this habit cold turkey."

Photo: Gawker

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"This year, we're honored to be joined by two of the lucky ones, who were raised by a phenomenal 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."

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"I want to take a moment of silence for the turkeys who weren't so lucky, who didn't get to ride the gravy train to freedom, who met their fate with courage and sacrifice, and proved that they weren't chicken."

"That's worth gobbling about!"

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"We should also make sure that everyone has something to eat on Thanksgiving, of course, except for the turkeys, because they're already stuffed." "I know there's some bad ones in here, but this is the last time we're doing this, so we're not leaving any room for leftovers."

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This wasn't the first time Obama has embarrassed his daughters. The commander in chief accidentally revealed that 15-year-old Sasha has a Twitter account while giving a campaign speech over the summer.

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