Some would possibly name it fowl play to joke about their age, however US President Joe Biden made mild of turning 81 as he spent his birthday pardoning two Thanksgiving turkeys on Monday.
The oldest sitting president in US historical past, whose age is a priority for voters in opinion polls, stated he had acquired a rendition of “Glad Birthday” earlier than the annual ceremony on the White Home.
“I simply need you to know it is tough turning 60,” Biden then stated with a chuckle earlier than formally sparing the 2 turkeys, named Liberty and Bell, from ending up on the Thanksgiving dinner desk.
It was simply certainly one of a sequence of quips by Biden — who could be 82 if reelected to a second time period subsequent 12 months, and 86 when he left the Oval Workplace.
“That is the 76th anniversary of this occasion — and I need you to know i wasn’t there for the primary one,” he stated in one other light-hearted second.
Liberty the turkey, who was positioned on a field alongside Biden on a podium for the ceremony on the South Garden of the White Home, gave an approving gobble as Biden issued the presidential pardon.
Certainly one of Biden’s jokes nonetheless missed the mark when he appeared to confuse celebrity US singers Taylor Swift and Britney Spears.
Biden stated Liberty and Bell “needed to beat powerful odds” to be chosen for a pardon, including that it was more durable than getting a ticket to singer Beyonce’s Renaissance tour “or Britney’s tour… it is kinda heat in Brazil proper now.”
It was Swift who had postponed a present within the Brazilian metropolis of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday on account of excessive warmth, after a fan died on the singer’s live performance the earlier evening.
Biden, First Girl Jill Biden and members of the presidential household might be heading to the unique island of Nantucket on Tuesday to spend the Thanksgiving vacation there.
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