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24 November 2016 - Barack Obama pardons his last turkeys

Publié par Marion Coste le 24/11/2016
Obama Lets Bad Puns Fly at Turkey Pardoning Tinged With Sadness
Gardiner Harris (The New York Times, 23/11/2016)
President Obama officially pardoned two turkeys on Wednesday, in an oddly mournful replaying of a White House Thanksgiving ritual that not even his daughters attended.
Standing in for the president’s two daughters were two nephews, Austin Robinson, 6, and Aaron Robinson, 4, “who, unlike Malia and Sasha, have not yet been turned cynical by Washington,” Mr. Obama joked. “They still believe in bad puns. They still appreciate the grandeur of this occasion. They still have hope.”
At the mention of “hope,” the crowd in the Rose Garden — made up of family and friends getting perhaps one last visit to the White House grounds — grew quiet, and Mr. Obama’s staff, gathered along the nearby colonnade, looked grim.

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Clemency push

President Obama Has Pardoned More People Than Turkeys
Arthur Delaney and Ryan J. Reilly (The Huffington Post, 23/11/2016)
President Barack Obama pardoned some turkeys on Wednesday as part of an annual White House Thanksgiving tradition that goes back decades.
Three years ago, Obama had pardoned almost as many turkeys as he had humans. But that’s since changed, following the launch of the administration’s clemency push. The president has now issued more clemency actions than his three presidential predecessors combined. As of this week, he’s pardoned 70 Americans and commuted prison sentences for 1,023 people, including more than 300 serving life sentences.

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Dad jokes

'Yes, we cran': Obama pardons turkeys for last time as POTUS
Betsy Klein and Samantha Reyes (CNN, 23/11/2016)
President Barack Obama dished out some final Thanksgiving puns Wednesday as he performed the ceremonial White House task of pardoning turkeys.
Obama was joined at the Rose Garden ceremony by his two young nephews, Austin and Aaron Robinson, as opposed to his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, whom, he said, "just couldn't take my jokes anymore -- they were fed up." He then spoke about turning from "polls to poultry" in carrying out the tradition.
This year, the two lucky birds, named Tater and Tot, came to Washington by way of Iowa.
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President Obama's 2016 Turkey-Pardon Dad Jokes: The Definitive List
Danielle Kurtzleben (NPR, 23/11/2016)
The annual turkey pardon is a silly tradition, and President Obama knows it. On Wednesday, before pardoning turkeys named Tater and Tot, Obama summed up his feelings about this particular duty.
"It is my great privilege — well, it's my privilege — actually, let's just say it's my job to grant them clemency this afternoon," Obama said.
Not in attendance for the president's final turkey pardoning ceremony were first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama, who gamely laughed alongside their father last year. So instead, the president's nephews Austin and Aaron Robinson stood by for what Obama called his "corny-copia of dad jokes about turkeys."
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"24 November 2016 - Barack Obama pardons his last turkeys", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2016. Consulté le 26/05/2019. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/key-story/archives-revue-de-presse-2016/24-november-2016-barack-obama-pardons-his-last-turkeys