Want to stay up to date with photos of the First Lady? Sign up for our mailing list.


Close

Want to stay up to date with photos of the First Lady?
Like us on Facebook.

Like our
Facebook Page
Follow on Pinterest

Tagged: Thanksgiving

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet staff and volunteers prior to a Thanksgiving service project at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., Nov. 27, 2013.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet staff and volunteers prior to a Thanksgiving service project at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., Nov. 27, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

This official White House photograph is being made available only for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Put This Picture on Your Blog (Copy & Paste Code)
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet staff and volunteers prior to a Thanksgiving service project at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., Nov. 27, 2013.:

President Barack Obama jokes with players from the Oregon State University basketball team in the Oval Office on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012. The team’s head coach is Craig Robinson, brother of First Lady Michelle Obama.
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama jokes with players from the Oregon State University basketball...

Put This Picture on Your Blog (Copy & Paste Code)
President Barack Obama jokes with players from the Oregon State University basketball…:
President Barack Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Craig Robinson, participates in a service project at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 2012.

President Barack Obama, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Craig Robinson, participates in a service project at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C., Nov. 21, 2012.

Put This Picture on Your Blog (Copy & Paste Code)
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Daughters Sasha and Malia Volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank for Thanksgiving:

 

 

Put This Picture on Your Blog (Copy & Paste Code)
President Barack Obama with First Daughters Sasha and Malia and Cobbler the Pardoned Thanksgiving Turkey:

The girls are getting so much older. It's crazy to compare them with Thanksgiving last year!

Barack Sasha Malia Obama Pardon Cobbler White House Turkey

Put This Picture on Your Blog (Copy & Paste Code)
Barack Sasha Malia Obama Pardon Cobbler White House Turkey:

First Lady Michelle Obama sat down during Thanksgiving week to call Jessica Allen, a military spouse whose husband Chaz was injured in combat. Jessica spends her free time helping other military spouses in situations like hers, and so the First Lady called to thank her.

If you want to thank our military heros, just visit the USO's website and post a message letting them know you're grateful for them.

Put This Picture on Your Blog (Copy & Paste Code)
First Lady Michelle Obama Calls Military Spouse Jessica Allen:

The First Family took some time the day before Thanksgiving to volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington DC.

President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and Marian Robinson greet people as they fill care packages with food for Thanksgiving at the Capital Area Foodbank in Washington, D.C., Nov. 23, 2011.

Put This Picture on Your Blog (Copy & Paste Code)
Barack, Michelle, Sasha, Malia, and Marian Serve at the Capital Area Food Bank for Thanksgiving:

In one of those silly yet fun traditions, President Obama, with Sasha and Malia at his side, pardoned two turkeys this Thanksgiving. I guess he didn't want to sacrifice Liberty or Peace, which marks the 64th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation.

President Barack Obama, with daughters, Malia and Sasha, pardons 'Liberty', the National Thanksgiving Turkey, in a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House, Nov. 23, 2011. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga.

Both Liberty and Peace are 19 weeks old, weigh 45 pounds, and were raised by students at Willmar High School in Minnesota under the supervision of National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga.

After the pardoning, the turkeys were given to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. They will be on display for visitors during Christmas at Mount Vernon. After the holidays, Liberty and Peace will call a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s nationally recognized livestock facility their home.

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Well, it is wonderful to see all of you here today. Happy Thanksgiving, and welcome to the White House.

Tomorrow is one of the best days of the year to be an American. It’s a day to count our blessings, spend time with the ones we love, and enjoy some good food and some great company. But it’s also one of the worst days of the year to be a turkey. (Laughter.) They don’t have it so good.

The rare exception, of course, are the two birds who’ve joined me today. Now, is Peace here, or just Liberty? Just Liberty is here, but Peace is back here somewhere. Some of you may know that recently I’ve been taking a series of executive actions that don’t require Congressional approval. (Laughter.) Well, here’s another one. We can’t wait to pardon these turkeys. (Laughter.) Literally. Otherwise they’d end up next to the mashed potatoes and stuffing.

I want to thank Richard Huisinga, the Chairman of the National Turkey Federation, and his wonderful family for donating this year’s turkey from his farm in Willmar, Minnesota. The turkey’s name is Liberty -- there he is -- and along with his understudy named Peace, he has the distinction of being the luckiest bird on the face of the Earth. Right now, he’s also probably one of the most confused. (Laughter.)

Liberty was chosen from a flock of about 30 other contestants for the honor of being here today. And for the first time in history, these two turkeys were raised by four students from nearby Willmar High School.

Now, I’m told that in order to prepare Liberty and Peace for their big day, the students exposed them to loud noises and flash bulbs so that they’d be ready to face the White House press corps. This is actually true. They also received the most important part of their media training, which involves learning how to gobble without really saying anything. (Laughter.)

So Liberty is ready for his turn in the spotlight. And after he finishes a round of cable hits and a few Sunday shows, he’s going to retire to a life of leisure at Mount Vernon -- the same place where George Washington spent his golden years.

And later today, Michelle, Malia, Sasha and I will also be taking two unnamed turkeys, who weren’t so lucky, to a local food bank here in D.C. that helps those in need. And I want to thank the folks at Jaindl’s Turkey Farm in Orefield, Pennsylvania, for donating these dressed birds for the third year in a row.

A great writer once called Thanksgiving the “one day that is ours … the one day that is purely American.”

When we gather around our tables tomorrow to share the fruits of our blessings, let’s remember what that means. Let’s be grateful for what we have. Let’s be mindful of those who have less. Let’s appreciate those who hold a special place in our lives, and make sure that they know it. And let’s think about those who can’t spend the holiday with their loved ones –- especially the members of our military serving overseas. I’d like to thank all our men and women in uniform and their families for their incredible service and devotion.

And that’s what being an American is all about. Even when times are tough, we look out for each other. We lift each other up. And we remind ourselves just how lucky we are here, together, in the greatest country on Earth.

So from our family to yours, I want to wish everybody a wonderful and happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

And now, since Liberty and Peace have been so patient, it is my privilege to grant them the official pardon. And I’m going to -- I’ve got to give them a little symbol. (Laughter.)

(The turkeys are pardoned.)

THE PRESIDENT: All right, you are hereby pardoned. (Laughter.) Give them a round of applause. (Applause.)

President Barack Obama pardons 'Liberty', the National Thanksgiving Turkey, in a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House, Nov. 23, 2011. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga.

Put These Pictures on Your Blog (Copy & Paste Code)
President Obama Pardons Liberty and Peace, the Thanksgiving Turkeys, with Daughters Sasha and Malia:
Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning:
President Obama Pardons Liberty and Peace, the Thanksgiving Turkeys:
President Barack Obama with daughter Sasha, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Malia, distribute food for Thanksgiving at Martha's Table, a food pantry in Washington. November 25, 2009.

President Barack Obama with daughter Sasha, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughter Malia, distribute food for Thanksgiving at Martha's Table, a food pantry in Washington. November 25, 2009.

Put This Picture on Your Blog (Copy & Paste Code)
President Barack Obama, Along with First Lady Michelle and Daughters Sasha and Maila Pack Thanksgiving Groceries at Martha’s Table, a DC Area Soup Kitchen: