President Obama had his audience in stitches today as he pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House with some lighthearted jokes.
Everyone, that is, except his own daughters.
No doubt with something, anything, more important to do than attend a bizarre ritual where the leader of the free world/their dad waves his hands and declares a bird pardoned, Sasha and Malia barely cracked a smile during the entire event.
Like any kids tired of their dad laughing at his own jokes, the girls were having none of it.
“I am here to announce what I’m sure will be the most talked about Executive Action this month,” the president deadpanned.
“Today I’m taking an action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before...”
“…to spare the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese, from a terrible and delicious fate.”
“Let’s face it, if you’re a turkey and you’re named after a side dish, your chances of escaping Thanksgiving dinner are pretty low!”
"Turkeys don't have the best looking heads!"
"You guys want to pet him?" the president asked. "Nah," Malia responded.
Here's to you, Malia and Sasha.
May you find strength in each other.
David Mack is a deputy director of breaking news for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.