President Barack Obama officially pardoned the National Turkey outside the White House in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (Nov 23).

Obama, grinning, raised his hand over the lucky bird named “Liberty,” and pronounced it safe from slaughter.

President Obama brought his two daughters Sasha and Malia along as he performed the annual Thanksgiving tradition that dates back to the Harry Truman administration.

The Obama family later went to a local food bank where they donated two not-so lucky turkeys. “Later today, Michelle, Malia and I will also be taking two unnamed turkeys, who weren’t so lucky, to a local food bank here in D.C. that helps those in need,” the President said.

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