The presidential pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey has become an annual tradition, granted not one that many people care about, but still, it's a lighthearted way to kick off the holiday break.
"I want to take a moment to recognize 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 them yet is we are going to do this every year from now on. No cameras, just us, every year. No way I'm cutting this habit cold turkey."
"When somebody at your table tells you that you've been hogging all of the side dishes, you can't have any more, I hope that you respond with a creed that sums up the spirit of a hungry people: 'Yes, we cran.'"
This year it was Donald Trump's turn to step up to the mic and try his hand at humor during the turkey pardon ceremony.
"As many of you know, I have been very active in overturning a number of executive actions by my predecessor. However, I have been informed by the White House counsel’s office that Tater and Tot’s pardons cannot, under any circumstances, be revoked."
The Turkey Pardon: trump made it halfway through a fairly decent speech on this holiday tradition until...— Denise Adams (@elevenstars) November 21, 2017
Humor fail: mentioned overturning a number of actions by Obama; told by WH counsel that BO's pardon cannot be revoked.
Score: 2 turkeys pardoned, 1 turkey still in office
Oh just Trump making a fun joke about how he loves overturning Obama executive orders but not the turkey pardons, ha ha ha, it's funny because our air and water and DREAMers are in danger but the turkeys are safe.— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) November 21, 2017
Trump just made a point of saying that, according to Trump’s WH counsel, Obama’s pardons of turkeys 🦃 🦃 during his term cannot be revoked. A none-too-subtle hint to Robert Mueller and all who might cooperate with his inquiry into Trump’s Russia or Turkey-related offenses!— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 21, 2017
It's really sad how obsessed he is with Obama! Petty-in-chief— Kelly Green (@brandcoachkelly) November 21, 2017
"Are you going to pardon any people?"
Trump did not respond as he, Melania, and their son Barron went back into the White House.
You can watch the turkey pardon in full below.