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Obama grants Popcorn coveted Thanksgiving pardon

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President Obama pardoned a turkey at the White House on Wednesday in a showcase of one of the commander-in-chief's lighter duties, granting the lucky Popcorn a “full reprieve from cranberry sauce and stuffing.”

Noting the “awesome and solemn responsibilities” of his job, Obama joked, “This is not one of them.”

The president compared the battle between Popcorn and Caramel, the two gobblers seeking pardons, to a real-life “Hunger Games.”

Not to worry, though. Both turkeys will be displayed at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens through Jan. 6, before returning to their permanent home in Leesburg, Va.

Obama cracked that Caramel was already raising money for his “next campaign."

The National Thanksgiving Turkey was decided by a vote on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Obama was joined by his daughters, Sasha and Malia, for the holiday tradition.

The president insisted that Malia “loves” the annual turkey pardoning.

Both daughters remained stoic next to their father for most of the event.

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