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8 Years Of Obama Pardoning Turkeys Prove He's Truly America's Dad

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    The White House Turkey Pardon is surely one of the President's oddest duties. And while it ranks somewhere below Commander-in-Chief in importance, it's one that Obama has appeared to relish over these past eight years. And it turns out, the turkey pardon is way more complicated than you'd think. Every year, two turkeys are selected from different farms around the country and presented to the president on behalf of the National Turkey Federation.

    While Obama's presidency will be remembered for many precedent-shattering actions, the turkey pardoning created at least one poultry-related one. Traditionally, only one turkey was pardoned and the understudy returned to the farm. According to ABC News, after a request from Malia and Sasha, Obama began pardoning both turkeys, though only one gets the official on-camera clemency.

    In honor of Obama's final turkey pardoning — which was chock full of puns, as per usual — we've rounded up all eight years of him executing this weird and hallowed tradition. It's a great way to brush up on both your presidential and turkey trivia ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday and revisit some of Obama's finest dad jokes of years past.

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    In 2009, Obama pardoned his first turkey, named Courage. We first got our taste of Obama's dad jokes when he remarked that Bo, their new dog, might get lose and ruin the whole pardon. He also commented on Courage's "haircut" and asked the audience if there was an official pardoning gesture (he went with a hand wave).

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    In 2010, Apple was the lucky turkey up for pardoning. Even Obama couldn't keep his face straight as he explained that Apple and his understudy, Cider, were chosen through a poultry version of Dancing with the Stars. No less than 25 turkeys had to "strut their stuff" before a panel of judges at the turkey farm in California. The prize, Obama explained, was "life," as well as a trip to D.C.and a stay at the W Hotel.

    This year, neither Obama daughter bites when Obama asks if they want to pet the turkey.

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    In 2011, Obama's turkey pardon jokes got outwardly political as he mocked his own love of executive orders as well as the press's ability to "gobble without really saying anything." This year's turkeys, Peace and Liberty, were actually raised by high school students who, Obama revealed, were prepped for their media attention by being exposed to loud noises and flashing lights.

    After the pardoning, both Peace and Liberty retired, like George Washington, to Mount Vernon, Virginia.

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    Only recently reelected a few weeks before, in 2012 Obama pardoned two turkeys who also were at the mercy of public opinion. Cobbler and Gobbler were the first-ever White House turkeys to be chosen by popular vote. Obama joked that, just like with the national election, "Nate Silver completely nailed it," predicting the winners. And now, like Obama's administration, "these birds are moving forward."

    Cobbler, the turkey that made it onto TV, turned out to be a very vocal White House guest, gobbling throughout the press conference and his own pardoning.

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    In 2013, Obama told assembled press and guests that the office of the president comes with "many awesome and solemn responsibilities," but the turkey pardoning "is not one of them." But even as he poked fun at the tradition, he went all in for that year's routine, creating a very elaborate Hunger Games-related joke, declaring Caramel and Popcorn to be the two tributes who won. (This earned an eye-roll and audible laugh from Malia.)