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President Obama Pardons Turkey on Death Row: "Courage" Was Living on Borrowed Time

Photo: Courage the Turkey.

NEW YORK (CBS) "Courage" may not be a stone cold killer living on death row, but he was slated for execution anyway -- that is, until President Barack Obama gave this lucky bird a second chance.

After 10 months in office, Obama granted his first pardon — to Courage, a turkey spared the Thanksgiving table.

Accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia, Obama honored a White House holiday tradition that dates to Harry Truman's time as president.

The president said, "Thanks to the intervention of Malia and Sasha, because I was planning to eat this sucker, Courage will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate." He said "Courage" is pardoned, "before I change my mind," and will get to live out his life in Disneyland. Obama also paid tribute to the military men and women serving around the world; a tribute to a different kind of "courage."