President Barack Obama’s daughters joined their father once again for the annual White House turkey pardoning ceremony on Wednesday, even mustering up a few chuckles at Obama’s abhorrent puns.
"It is hard to believe that this is my seventh year of pardoning a turkey," Obama told the crowd. "Time flies, even if turkeys don't."
Sasha and Malia both cracked a smile.
"That was good, that was good," Sasha said.
The first daughters giggled alongside Obama during his endless whirlwind of corny dad jokes, and of course endured the silly experience with a few relatable exchanges of “Oh, Dad” expressions.
In the middle of the ceremony, the president interrupted his stream of puns and thanked his daughters for standing with him year after year.
"They do this solely because it makes me feel good, not because they actually think this is something I should be doing," he said. "And, you know, as you get older, you appreciate when your kids just indulge you like this.”
Idea: Instead of a debate, each of the 2016 candidates pardons a turkey and Sasha and Malia rate their jokes— Leigh Munsil (@leighmunsil) November 25, 2015
.@POTUS thanks Malia and Sasha for standing with him at turkey pardoning (after years of them indulging his jokes w/ "oh Dad" expressions)— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) November 25, 2015
The adorable support from the Obama sisters comes in stark contrast to last year’s blunt criticism from a former Republican congressional aid who said the two should try “showing a little class.”
“Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. And certainly don’t make faces during televised public events,” Elizabeth Lauten wrote on Facebook.
The unnecessarily harsh words and subsequent backlash forced Lauten to resign from her position.
Yet with grace, the Obama girls have bounced back positively and clearly unscathed by the scrutiny, instead braving and embracing dad jokes with smiles.
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