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The Best Jokes From Obama’s Turkey Pardons Just Keep Giving, Every Year

Still thankful for these perfect dad jokes.


Thanksgiving is coming up, which means so is the the 2021 turkey pardon. Ahead of President Joe Biden's first turkey pardon on Nov. 19, let’s look back to some of the best turkey pardon jokes from his former coworker, bro, and noted dad-joke-aficionado, President Barack Obama.

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“[The turkeys] also received the most important part of their media training, which involves learning how to gobble without really saying anything.”

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“It is hard to believe that this is my seventh year of pardoning a turkey. Time flies, even if turkeys don’t.”

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“I’ve established another tradition: embarrassing my daughters with a corny-copia of dad jokes about turkeys. This year, they had a scheduling conflict. Actually, they just couldn’t take my jokes anymore.”

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“Look, I know there are some bad [jokes] in here, but this is the last time I’m doing this, so we’re not leaving any room for leftovers.”

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Obama: *in the middle of pardoning Honest, the turkey*

Honest: *gobbles*

Obama: “Don’t interrupt.”

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“There are certain days that remind me of why I ran for this office. Then there are moments like this, where I pardon a turkey and send it to Disneyland.”


“The office of the presidency, the most powerful position in the world, brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities. This is not one of them.”

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“I am here to announce what I’m sure will be the most talked about executive action this month.”

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“I want to take a moment to recognize the brave turkeys who ... met their fate with courage, and sacrifice, and proved that they weren’t chicken.”


“What I haven’t told [Sasha and Malia] yet is that we are going to do this every year from now on. No cameras, just us, every year. No way I’m cutting this habit cold turkey.”

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