Obama pardoned 'Abe', the 2015 national Thanksgiving turkey, during a ceremony yesterday in the Rose Garden.

Abe gobbled right on cue as Obama finished his absolution.

Don't fret for 'Honest', though, the second bird who was nearby if off camera. Both turkeys will spend their remaining days living it up on a Virginia farm. They were named for Abraham Lincoln, often nicknamed 'Honest Abe'.

The birds hail from California, are 18 weeks old and weigh in at about 42 pounds (19 kilograms) each. The names of the turkeys were chosen from submissions entered by school children in California.

George HW Bush was the first president to formally pardon a Thanksgiving turkey in 1989, though stories of spared turkeys date back to Lincoln's presidency.

Obama was accompanied at the event by his daughters, Malia and Sasha. They didn't look thrilled at last year's turkey pardoning, and Obama thanked them for once against standing with him.

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