President Barack Obama spared two turkeys from the oven, fulfilling the annual tradition of a presidential pardon for a couple of lucky birds ahead of the American holiday of Thanksgiving Day.
Mr Obama pardoned Popcorn, who shared the stage with the president on the North Portico of the White House on a cold, drizzly day. A second turkey, named Caramel, also received a pardon, but did not have the benefit of a face-to-beak meeting with the president.
“The office of the presidency, the most powerful position in the world, brings with it many awesome and solemn responsibilities,” Mr Obama said. “This is not one of them.