POTUS and First Family give back
November 23rd, 2011
06:33 PM ET

POTUS and First Family give back

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the First Family spent time counting their blessings and serving their community when they visited the Capital Area Food Bank on Wednesday.

The president, Mrs. Obama, and their daughters Malia and Sasha were joined by the First Mother in Law, Marian Robinson, and members of the Oregon State men's basketball team where they filled reusable grocery bags with produce and even some White House M&Ms.

President Obama, while handing out bags of baby carrots, greeted patrons of the food bank with a "Happy Thanksgiving" as they walked by.

The White House says that the Capital Area Food Bank distributes more than 30 million pounds of food a year to needy families.

The Obama family has had the tradition of doing a community service project around the Thanksgiving holiday since taking office. For the past two years, they put together bags of food at another local shelter, Martha's Table.


Topics: Thanksgiving • The Family
Obama spares two turkeys, continuing White House tradition
November 23rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Obama spares two turkeys, continuing White House tradition

(CNN) – Two turkeys from Willmar, Minnesota are counting their blessings this day before Thanksgiving, officially pardoned by President Obama and set to be transported to classy digs at Mount Vernon.

For two turkeys, the day before at least 45 million of their comrades are to be consumed at dinner tables across the country, it’s the equivalent of winning the jackpot.

“Tomorrow is one of the best days of the year to be an American. It is a day to count our blessings, spend time with the ones we love, and enjoy some good food in great company. But it’s also one of the worst days to be a turkey. They don’t have it so good,” Obama said at a ceremony on the North Portico of the White House.

Named Liberty and Peace, the turkeys clock in at 45 pounds each and are 19-weeks old, according to the White House. They were chosen from over 100 submissions for the top honor.
FULL POST


Topics: President Obama
Circa 1921
November 23rd, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Turkeys at the White House

Turkeys have long played a ceremonial role at the White House come Thanksgiving time, though formal pardoning did not begin until 1989.


Topics: Thanksgiving
POTUS' Day Ahead: Turkey Day
November 23rd, 2011
08:00 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Turkey Day

It's turkey day at the White House, the day when President Obama enjoys one of the more ceremonial roles of being president and officially pardons two turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving.

The two turkeys whose lives will be spared, named Liberty and Peace, are 19-weeks old and weigh 45 pounds, according to the White House. They were chosen after more than 100 submissions were made for consideration.
The two turkeys will live out their days at Mount Vernon.

Full schedule after the jump

FULL POST


Topics: Daily Schedule