Social media is buzzing over the event. And it’s not about the birds, but about how grownup Sasha and Malia Obama are now!
Here’s a photo of the Obama daughters with their dad at the turkey pardoning in 2009 (pictured above).
Here’s what they look like now…
Sasha Obama (left) was wearing dark tortoise shell-rimmed glasses, the first time she has been seen in public with them. Malia Obama (right) giggled and smiled through today’s turkey pardoning ceremony, after their demeanor at last year’s event, and subsequent criticism, led to a GOP aide stepping downSasha Obama (left) especially enjoyed a moment during the ceremony when Abe the turkey interrupted her dad. Malia (right) also laughed.The president seemed downright giddy after the more serious statement he had to make at the White House this morning concerning the recent ISIS attacks in Paris.The president doubled up with laughter at his own jokeSasha seemed to be checking how the audience was dealing with her father’s jokes. Both she and Malia were wearing outfits from American Apparel. Sasha was in the store’s crop top and high-waist denim skirt, while her sister wore a striped short sleeve top.Malia acknowledged finding her dad’s joke funnyPresident Obama thanked daughters Sasha (left) and Malia (right) for humoring him again this year by taking part in the turkey pardoning ceremony. ‘They do this solely because it makes me feel better,’ he said. The president turned to his younger daughter to check she had gone for his laughter line too.The Obama daughters were genuinely taken with their father’s funny line.All three Obamas enjoy the president’s gag.Last year, the two sisters were far less into their father’s lines.President Obama waved his hands to pardon one of the birds, while his daughters watching in amusement. He was standing beside the man who helped raise them, Dr Jihad Douglas, chairman of the National Turkey Federation.Malia and Sasha share a grin as their father moves towards the turkey.He was interrupted by a gobble at first, but President Obama was eventually able to pardon Abe properly, outside the White House today.Malia (right) waved in celebration as her father and Dr Jihad Douglas, chairman of the National Turkey Federation, clapped at the turkeys’ pardon.Sasha (left) and Malia (right) once again accompanied their father to the White House Rose Garden and stood by his side during the annual turkey pardon, a White House tradition.‘OK, that was funny,’ Sasha Obama said to her dad several times as he made jokes throughout today’s White House turkey pardoning ceremony. Last year Sasha (pictured) and Malia were criticized for seeming too-cool-for-school at the pardoning ceremony, but this year the frowns were (mostly – left) replaced by smiles.‘I’m going to publicly thank Malia (right) and Sasha for once again standing here with me during the turkey pardon,’ Obama said today. MalIa Obama grins at today’s turkey pardoning ceremony in which her dad told a couple of ‘dad jokes’ and pardoned Abe the turkey I’m laughing dad! All the family join in the smiles President Obama celebrated getting his daughter to laugh – unlike last year’s surlier looksThe president escorted Sasha and Malia back inside after an upbeat performancePresident Obama managed to get laughs from the auidence – and more importantly, and unusually, his daughtersAbe got to romp through the White House Rose Garden before being officially pardoned by President Obama this afternoon in a ‘silly’ ceremony, according to the president.