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Cobbler lives! Obama gives a turkey something to be thankful for

Cobbler is seen before being pardoned by President Obama at the White House.
Cobbler is seen before being pardoned by President Obama at the White House.Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images
President Barack Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia, right, with Cobbler the turkey at the White House on Wednesday.Alex Wong / Getty Images
Cobbler is seen before being pardoned by President Obama at the White House.Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images

AP reports: President Barack Obama pardoned two turkeys in an annual Thanksgiving rite on Wednesday, saying he wanted to offer the birds a second chance.

"They say life is full of second chances, and this November I couldn't agree more with that sentiment," a smiling Obama said in one of several lighthearted references to his re-election this month to a second term.

Cobbler, the newly designated national turkey, and his alternate, Gobbler, received a reprieve. Full Story

The tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey at the White House started with President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

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President Obama waves his hand as he pardons Cobbler. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen.Mandel Ngan / AFP - Getty Images