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Originally posted 11/28/2013 01:25PM
Caramel and Popcorn are delicious together, but neither snack-named turkey will be eaten this Thanksgiving, as both were formally pardoned by President Obama on Wednesday.
Popcorn was the winner of the public vote and the star of the official bird-pardoning ceremony, though the runner-up, Caramel, will be spared as well.
"And now, before these turkeys get away, with the power vested in me, I want to grant Popcorn a full reprieve ... from cranberry sauce and stuffing. We wish you well," Obama said. (Watch the clip below to see how it all went down.)
Originally posted 11/26/2013 11:35AM
Judging by their names, they already sound like snacks. But in fact, Caramel and Popcorn are both trying desperately not to get eaten.
They are the two turkeys locked in a battle this week for the most hallowed prize in turkeydom: the traditional Thanksgiving pardon from President Obama.
And they need your vote.
Originally posted 11/23/2013 10:20AM
While attending the Maryland Terrapins vs. Oregon State Beavers basketball game with her family, the 12-year-old creates a fashion frenzy with her whimsical knitwear.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 12:15PM
Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, both of whom rose from humble beginnings to become two of the world's most powerful and visionary leaders, were honored Wednesday by President Obama with the nation's highest civilian award: the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The honors were bestowed on a day during which Obama honored the legacy of John F. Kennedy, who created the award, by laying a wreath at the assassinated president's gravesite as a nation remembers that terrible day in Dallas a half-century ago Friday.
The day of tributes began at the White House, where Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 16 living and deceased Americans for their contributions in fields ranging from sports and entertainment to science and public service.
Originally posted 11/15/2013 01:30PM
Janet Yellen is on the verge of becoming one of the most powerful women in the world.
Yellen, President Obama's choice for the next Federal Reserve chair, appeared in front of the Senate Banking Committee Thursday in the first of her confirmation hearings to lead the U.S. central bank. Here are five must-know facts about the Brooklyn-born economist.
Originally posted 11/05/2013 07:00PM
As you may be aware, the Boston Red Sox won the team's third World Series title in 10 years. The Red Sox clinched a 4-2 victory in the Series, after a 6-1 defeat of the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 on Thursday.
However, as you may not be aware, "We've got a lot of Sox fans here," according to President Barack Obama. By "here," he means The White House – he called Red Sox manager John Farrell on Monday to congratulate him on his team's victory.
Originally posted 10/21/2013 04:35PM
Looks like President Obama has eyes in the back of his head.
Originally posted 09/24/2013 12:15PM
He's the leader of the Free World and seemingly fearless in the face of peril. Yet much like millions of other men around the world, there is one thing President Barack Obama admits terrifies him: his wife's wrath.
But fortunately for the Commander-in-Chief, it appears First Lady Michelle Obama uses her power for good.
On Monday, a live microphone caught the President telling an attendee at the UN General Assembly meeting that he quit smoking because "I'm scared of my wife," New York's Daily News reports.
Originally posted 09/11/2013 08:40AM
As bells tolled solemnly, Americans marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Wednesday with the reading of the names, moments of silence and serene music that have become tradition.
At a morning ceremony on the 2-year-old memorial plaza at the site of the World Trade Center, relatives recited the names of the nearly 3,000 people who died when hijacked jets crashed into the twin towers and the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pa. They also recognized the victims of the 1993 trade center bombing.
In Washington, President Barack Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and wife Jill Biden, walked out to the White House's South Lawn for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. – the time the first plane struck the south tower in New York. Another jetliner struck the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m.
"Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away, the lives that might have been," Obama said.
A moment of silence was also held at the U.S. Capitol.
Originally posted 08/28/2013 12:45PM
The Rev. Bernice King opened the celebration of her father's famous "I Have a Dream" speech Wednesday with an interfaith service in Washington.
King said that her father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is often remembered as a freedom fighter for equal rights and human rights. But she said he was most importantly a man of faith. She says he was a prophet and "faith leader" and it was "the spirit of God that infused that movement."
The faith community must continue to lead every movement for justice and equality, Bernice King said.
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