1. HAMMING IT UP

    Obama Pardons Two Turkeys

    US President Barack Obama (2nd L) pets Cobbler with his daughters Sasha (2nd R) and Malia (R) in the Rose Garden of the White House during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon November 21, 2012 in Washington, DC, with National Turkey Federation Chairman Steve Willardsen (L). Obama pardoned turkeys Cobbler and Gobbler, both raised in Rockingham County, Virginia. The turkeys will then spend the rest of the holiday season on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate. The turkeys were raised by Craig and Nancy Miller in Rockingham County, Virginia.        AFP Photo/Jim WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    What a meaningful tradition. President Obama pardoned two turkeys at the traditional pre-Thanksgiving ceremony Wednesday. “Once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it,” Obama joked. “The guy’s amazing. He predicted these guys would win.” The two four-month-old turkeys will live the rest of their lives at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s historic home. This year was the first time that Americans were able to use a Facebook poll to vote on which of two turkeys would become the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Cobbler won with 2,513 “likes” compared with Gobbler’s 2,230.

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