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Obama: Holiday Means Food, Football, and Not-Too-Dry Turkey?

The first family's menu boasted more than enough choices to fill the stomach.

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    Obama: Holiday Means Food, Football, and Not-Too-Dry Turkey?
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    President Barack Obama, with daughters, Sasha, left, and Malia, speaks about pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey Abe, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. This is the 68th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation.

    President Barack Obama says Thanksgiving is a day for food, football and hoping "the turkey didn't turn out too dry."

    Even if the White House's thyme-roasted bird didn't turn out to be the moistest, the first family's menu boasted more than enough other choices to fill the stomach.

    There was honey-baked ham with apricot-mustard glaze, and prime rib and creamed horseradish, according to the White House.

    Two kinds of stuffing: cornbread with chorizo and "roasted peppers oyster."

     

    Today is a reminder to be thankful for what we have, and share our blessings by helping others. –mo

    A photo posted by First Lady Michelle Obama (@michelleobama) on

    As for the veggies, the Obamas could enjoy some braised winter greens — collards, kale, and turnip greens — in addition to kale Caesar salad. Green bean casserole, too.

    Plus, the macaroni and cheese, sweet potato gratin and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes

    As for dessert, it seemed Pie Day came early: banana cream, coconut cream, pumpkin, apple, pecan, cherry.

    "We go all out on pies," the president told ABC in a pre-Thanksgiving interview last year. He prefers pumpkin, with a bit of whipped cream on top.

    Earlier Thursday, Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address to appeal again for acceptance of Syrian refugees, saying "so much of our greatness comes from our generosity."

    "Nearly four centuries after the Mayflower set sail, the world is still full of pilgrims — men and women who want nothing more than the chance for a safer, better future for themselves and their families," Obama said. "What makes America America is that we offer that chance."

    Obama's plan to receive thousands of additional Syrian refugees has come under heavy criticism in Congress and by Republican presidential contenders in the aftermath of the Paris attacks Nov. 13.