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President Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys

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President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, pardons Liberty, a 19-week old, 45-pound turkey, on the occasion of Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, on the North Portico of the White House in Washington. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga.

President Obama pardons the national Thanksgiving turkey, a 19-week-old, 45-pound bird named Liberty. NBC's Kristen Welker reports.