Watch live: Obama pardons the Thanksgiving turkey

By Kay Steiger
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 13:30 EDT
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President Barack Obama on Wednesday continued the long-running tradition of pardoning a Thanksgiving turkey at the White House, which began in 1963. This year the White House asked social media users to vote which turkey, “Cobbler” or “Gobbler” should be pardoned by liking their photos on Facebook. Cobbler won, with 2,729 likes to Gobbler’s 2,494.

While Obama has faithfully kept up the tradition of pardoning a bird each year, he has been less generous about extending the same to Americans. Obama has pardoned just 22 convicted felons, fewer than any modern president.

Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on Nov. 21.

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Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger
Kay Steiger is the managing editor of Raw Story. Her contributions have appeared in The American Prospect, The Atlantic, Campus Progress, The Guardian, In These Times, Jezebel, Religion Dispatches, RH Reality Check, and others. You can follow her on Twitter @kaysteiger.
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