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Obama carries on Thanksgiving tradition, pardons turkeys

U.S. President Barack Obama laughs with his daughters Sasha and Malia (R) as he pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey, Cobbler, in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama laughs with his daughters Sasha and Malia (R) as he pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey, Cobbler, in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama laughs with his daughters Sasha and Malia (R) as he pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey, Cobbler, in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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The 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, Cobbler, is stopped from leaving before being pardoned by U.S. President Barack Obama in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, Cobbler, is stopped from leaving before being pardoned by U.S. President Barack Obama in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

The 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, Cobbler, is stopped from leaving before being pardoned by U.S. President Barack Obama in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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U.S. President Barack Obama with his daughters Sasha and Malia (R) greets guests after he pardoned the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama with his daughters Sasha and Malia (R) greets guests after he pardoned the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama with his daughters Sasha and Malia (R) greets guests after he pardoned the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks next to his daughters Sasha and Malia (L) as he pardons the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks next to his daughters Sasha and Malia (L) as he pardons the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks next to his daughters Sasha and Malia (L) as he pardons the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey in The Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, November 21, 2012. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
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