WASHINGTON, D.C.: President Barack Obama symbolically pardoned a turkey on Wednesday, a White House tradition on the eve of the US Thanksgiving holiday when Americans will feast on the poultry. Obama thanked his daughters for taking part — and being good sports. “I am going to publicly thank Malia and Sasha for once again standing here with me during the turkey pardon,” said the president, getting into the holiday spirit as his daughters looked on sheepishly. “They do this solely because it makes me feel good. Not because they actually think that this is something I should be doing. And, you know, as you get older, you appreciate when your kids just indulge you like this.” Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the last Thursday of November.