Obama uses ‘executive action’ to pardon turkey

In front of an audience at the White House Wednesday, the day before Thanksgiving, President Barack Obama pardoned the sixth turkey of his presidency. The annual tradition honored two lucky birds spared from the dinner table. This year’s “free birds” are Mac and Cheese. Only Cheese was on hand for the ceremony.

“I am here to announce what I’m sure will be the most talked about executive action this month,” the president said. “Today I’m taking an action fully within my legal authority … to spare the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese, from a terrible and delicious fate.”

Both were raised at Cooper Farms in Ohio. The birds will get to live out the rest of their days on a Virginia estate.

The annual tradition has been formally taking place for the last 25 years.