This year, Twitter voters got to choose which official bird would be pardoned — Mac or Cheese — and while Cheese got the official pardon, both birds were let off the hook.
Obama took advantage of the occasion to poke some fun at critics of his recently announced immigration policy.
“I am here to announce what I’m sure will be the most talked-about executive action this month,” he said to laughs at the ceremony, which was moved inside the White House because of rain and snow outdoors.
“Today I’m taking an action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before me to spare the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese, from a terrible and delicious fate.”
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