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The White House Wants You To Choose Which Turkey To Pardon

Are you #TeamCaramel or #TeamPopcorn? Let the 2013 Turkey Hunger Games begin.

1. It’s November, which means it’s time for the president to “pardon” a handpicked turkey, saving the bird from ending up on somebody’s dinner table come Thanksgiving.

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2. That turkey gets to spend the rest of its life roaming free on a farm, while its feathered brethren…uhh…usually die.

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This is Cobbler, the turkey whom President Obama pardoned in 2012. As of 2013, 23 turkeys have been pardoned, and President Obama is preparing to save one more.

3. Here’s the 2012 pardoning ceremony.

4. This year — in the spirit of our noble democracy — the White House wants YOU to choose which bird to save, launching this new website that lets you vote on which turkey to pardon.

6. Here’s Caramel. He is 4 months old, and apparently LOVES the song “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga…

8. The other turkey fighting for his life is Popcorn, also 4 months old. Popcorn loves “Halo” by Beyoncé — which honestly is not even the best Beyoncé song — but to each his own, right Popcorn?

10. The site even features Soundcloud clips of the turkeys’ gobbles.

12. Popcorn is winning the race, according to The White House Facebook page.

14. BuzzFeed reached out to White House officials who said they did not know if the turkey who lost the vote would be killed.

16. And the White House updated its website to include the line: “Both turkeys will be pardoned, but only the American people will decide which bird takes the title.”

18. May the odds be ever in your favor, Popcorn and Caramel.

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