Social Media is Buzzing about these New Photos of the Obama Daughters President Barack Obama symbolically pardoned two turkeys named Honest and Abe yesterday, a White House tradition on the eve of the US Thanksgiving holiday when Americans will feast on the poultry. Social media is buzzing over the event. And it’s not about the birds, but about how grownup Sasha and Malia Obama are now! Here’s a photo of the Obama daughters with their dad at the turkey pardoning in 2009. Now, check out these photos of them yesterday at the event.
“It is hard to believe this is my seventh year pardoning a turkey,” said President Obama. “Time flies, even though turkeys don’t” I am going to publicly thank Malia and Sasha for once again standing here with me during the turkey pardon, They do this solely because it makes me feel good. Not because they actually think that this is something I should be doing. And, you know, as you get older, you appreciate when your kids just indulge you like this.”
The origin of the pardoning tradition is unclear — some say it was John F. Kennedy who was the first to spare a turkey in November 1963. However, it wasn’t until the days of George H.W. Bush in 1989, that pardoning became an annual part of White House turkey presentations. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year in the US on the last Thursday of November. More stunning photos of the Obama daughters below