Every Thanksgiving, per tradition, the president "pardons" a turkey during a cutesy ceremony. What that has meant for Malia and Sasha Obama is, year after year, putting up with their embarrassing father making all sorts of dad jokes using turkey-themed puns. Every November since President Obama's inauguration, each daughter has been a good sport and participated in the camera-laden tradition.
After attending seven turkey pardons, this year the girls missed the festivities due to a scheduling conflict. However, much to their possible dismay, Obama made a promise that they would have ample opportunities to hear his Thanksgiving jokes and pardon future turkeys.
"What I haven’t told them yet is that we are going to do this every year from now on," Obama said, with a smile. "No cameras. Just us. Every year. No way I’m cutting this habit cold turkey."
All dad jokes aside, one thing remains certain: Malia and Sasha have grown up right before our eyes. Take a look at the young ladies supporting their father throughout the years in the throwback photos below.
(Photo from top: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)