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FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015 file photo, National Turkey Federation Chairman Jihad Douglas watches at right as President Barack Obama pardons National Thanksgiving Turkey Abe, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Obama's pardoning of a turkey named "Abe" this Thanksgiving has led some Chinese to gloat at the Japanese prime minister's expense. As part of a peculiar annual tradition at the White House, Obama on Wednesday granted amnesty from the dinner table to two turkeys named "Honest" and "Abe" ? from the nickname for President Abraham Lincoln. But a translation glitch in Chinese media replaced the character for single-syllable "Abe" with the surname of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (pronounced "Ah-bay"). (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

President Obama pardoned his final turkeys amid a flurry of terrible Thanksgiving puns


Today, President Obama pardoned the final two turkeys of his tenure as the leader of the free world. An oddly solemn occasion for some, but for the president, it was one of his last opportunities to trot out his famous sense of humor.

Obama treated the crowd and those watching to a slew of Thanksgiving-themed puns, causing even his two daughters to roll their eyes behind their father. 

The president pardoned 'Tot the turkey' just after subjecting the crowd to a few jokes. 

President Obama railed against family members who try and cut others at the table off from food, invoking the mantra of the hungry by saying, "Yes we cran." 

When people in the audience began to groan, the president said, "I know this is the last time we're doing this, so we're not leaving any leftovers."

And on the subject of holiday travel, Obama lamented the crowding of cars on freeways, saying, "thanksgiving traffic puts people in a fowl mood."

The lighthearted mood of the ceremony has a few people online looking forward to next year. 

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