Barack Obama unleashes turkey-related dad jokes for Thanksgiving speech
Outgoing US President Barack Obama has pardoned his eighth and final Thanksgiving turkey, accompanied by an onslaught of dad jokes."Thanksgiving is a family holiday as much as a national one," Mr Obama said from the garden outside the White House. "So for the past seven years I've established another tradition: embarrassing my daughters with a corny-copia of dad jokes about turkeys."Sasha and Malia Obama - the Commander-in-Chief's daughters - were away with a scheduling conflict. Mr Obama said his bad puns are likely to blame."They were fed up," he said.Tater and Tot were the names of the two Iowa-raised turkeys Mr Obama pardoned.He carried on the ceremony indulging in an ongoing barrage of wordplay. Here are some of the worst, or best, depending on your sense of humour:"When somebody at your table tells you that you've been hogging all the side dishes, you can't have anymore, I hope you respond with a creed that sums of the spirit of the hungry people: Yes we cran.""I want to take a moment to recognise the brave turkeys who weren't so lucky, who didn't get to ride the gravy train to freedom, who met their fate with courage and sacrifice and proved that they weren't chicken.""What I haven't told (my daughters) yet is that we are going to do this every year for now on. No cameras, just us every year. No way I'm cutting this habit cold turkey.""I know there are some bad ones in here, but this is the last time I'm doing this so we're not leaving any room for leftovers.""And so let's get on with the pardoning. Because it's Wednesday afternoon and everyone knows that Thanksgiving traffic can put people in a fowl mood."Mr Obama finished on a more serious and thankful note, speaking about the job creation, growth of equal opportunity and improved US housing situation that happened under his presidency.
"Thanksgiving is a good time to remember that," he said. "We have a lot more in common than divides us."