Do bored teenage daughters get a pardon too? Sasha and Malia can’t hide their disdain as Obama cracks jokes and saves turkeys from the slaughterhouse.
It is a time-honored tradition – but Sasha and Malia would rather have been anywhere else than having to watch their dad crack lame jokes as he pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey.
Shuffling awkwardly and rolling their eyes like any teenage girls would while their father laughed at his own – mildly controversial jokes – Malia and Sasha made no attempt to appear anything other than bored stiff.
Indeed, after President Obama had pardoned four-month-old, 49-pound Cheese, he asked Malia if she wanted to pet the turkey.
‘Nah’, she replied without evening cracking a smile, summing up her and her sister’s amusing indifference to the bizarre annual ceremony.
Cracking asides about his recent hotly contested executive action on immigration, Obama’s shtick left his daughters rigid and disinterested, despite the press corp laughing heartily at the president’s jokes.
No doubt the girls have heard it all before from their dad but as he relished in his solemn authority to ‘spare the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese’, both their eyes veered from staring at the floor in embarrassment to barely concealed yawns.
Obviously, like all dads, the president appeared oblivious, smiling and beaming throughout the ritual as he condemned the other turkey, Mac to its sad fate.
‘Let’s face it, if you’re a turkey and you’re named after a side dish, your chances of escaping Thanksgiving dinner are pretty low!’ said Obama.
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