President Obama Pardons a Pair of Turkeys

November 23, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 2:27 PM EDT

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President Obama Pardons a Pair of Turkeys

November 23, 2011 Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 2:27 PM EDT

According to The White House blog, President Barack Obama pardoned a pair of turkeys -- named Liberty and Peace -- during a ceremony on Wednesday at The White House.

According to the blog, Obama said:

"Tomorrow is one of the best days of the year to be an American. It’s a day to count our blessings, spend time with the ones we love, and enjoy some good food and some great company. But it’s also one of the worst days of the year to be a turkey. They don’t have it so good.

"The rare exception, of course, are the two birds who’ve joined me today. Now, is Peace here, or just Liberty? Just Liberty is here, but Peace is back here somewhere. Some of you may know that recently I’ve been taking a series of executive actions that don’t require Congressional approval. Well, here’s another one. We can’t wait to pardon these turkeys. Literally. Otherwise they’d end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing."

Read the entire story at The White House blog HERE.