Mac and Cheese won’t be on anyone’s menu this Thanksgiving.
We’re talking, of course, about the poultry siblings Barack Obama pardoned this afternoon at an annual White House tradition that the president said is enjoyable but also puzzling for a chief executive whose time is more usually spent on substantive issues.
“With all the tough stuff that swirls around in this office it’s nice once in a while to just say ‘happy Thanksgiving,’ and this is a great excuse to do it,’” Mr. Obama said.
The pardon saves the birds from a “terrible and delicious fate,” Mr. Obama said.
"Let’s face it: If you’re a turkey and you’re named after a side dish, your chance of escaping Thanksgiving dinner are pretty low,” he said. “They really beat the odds.”
Cheese was the top bird and received the official pardon after beating Mac in an online contest that pit brother against brother, but both birds will be spared and will live out their days at Morven Park’s Turkey Hill in Leesburg, Va.
Jaindl’s Turkey Farm in Orefield, Pa., presented the Obama family with two dressed turkeys, that weren’t so lucky. The first family brought them to a D.C.-area food bank.
Mac and Cheese were raised by Cole Cooper of Ft. Recovery, Ohio, son of National Turkey Federation Chairman Gary Cooper.
The president joked that the pardon would be his “most talked-about executive action” of the month. It came, of course, on the heels of controversial new orders on immigration.
“Some will call this amnesty,” he deadpanned. “But don’t worry: there’s plenty of turkey to go around.”