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Presidential Turkey Pardon

Thanksgiving can now officially begin. President Obama pardoned Cobbler, a four month-old turkey, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden Wednesday afternoon.
President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, center, and Malia, right, carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a "presidential pardon," at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.  After the...
President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha, center, and Malia, right, carries on the Thanksgiving tradition of saving a turkey from the dinner table with a...

Thanksgiving can now officially begin. President Obama pardoned Cobbler, a four month-old turkey, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden Wednesday afternoon.

For the first time, the American people selected Cobbler as National Thanksgiving Turkey through an online competition.

Gobbler, the runner-up, also received a pardon, meaning he won't end up on a dinner table Thursday. Both Cobbler and Gobbler will now live out their lives in a custom-made enclosure on George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens.