President Obama kicked off the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardoning on Wednesday with a laugh.
"You know they say life is all about second chances. And this November, I could not agree more," he said.
The president, who just returned from a trip to Asia, pardoned Virginia-bred turkeys Cobbler and his alternate, Gobbler, in the White House's Rose Garden.
"And once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it. The guy's amazing. He predicted these guys would win," Obama joked of the New York Times polling guru who correctly predicted how all 50 states would vote in the presidential election.
Cobbler and Gobbler (Gobbler will be "waiting in the wings" in case "Cobbler cannot fulfill his duties as the official White House turkey," Obama said) will now permanently reside at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate—though their days may be numbered. Turkeys bred for eating, like these, aren't usually destined for long-lasting lives. In fact, Peace, last year's turkey understudy, died an untimely death on Monday (turkey experts say this isn't unusual).
But at least for now, Cobbler and Gobbler are safe.
"Because of your votes," the president said, "the only cobbler anyone is eating this Thanksgiving will come with a side of ice cream."