Obama on turkey pardon: “Nate Silver completely nailed it"

The president cracks a joke about the New York Times blogger who predicted the Election Day results

By Prachi Gupta

Published November 21, 2012 7:40PM (EST)

Upholding the presidential Thanksgiving tradition, President Obama has today pardoned Cobbler and Gobbler, two 40-pound turkeys from Virginia.

This year, however, Americans voted on which turkeys would receive the pardon, giving the president the perfect opportunity to crack a joke about Nate Silver, the New York Times polling wizard who accurately predicted the Election Day results.

"Once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it," Obama said. "The guy's amazing. He predicted these guys would win."

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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