Every year the president of the United States pardons a Turkey the day before Thanksgiving. That means this specific turkey won't be eaten by anybody. In case you didn't know, turkey is the main food eaten on the American holiday of Thanksgiving.
This year, 2016, he made a bunch of puns (jokes involving word play) while doing it. Watch the video to hear his jokes and then read below for my explanations of the puns that you might not have understood.
“For the past seven years I’ve established another tradition: embarrassing my daughters with a corny-copia of dad jokes about turkeys.”
corny – used to describe jokes that are not very good and a bit too “easy”
cornucopia – also known as a horn of plenty, it’s a symbol of Thanksgiving in the US
“No way I’m cutting this habit cold turkey.”
to cut something cold turkey – to quit a habit (like smoking) all at once instead of gradually decreasing how much you do something
“It is my great privilege. Well it’s my privilege. Actually let’s just say it’s my job to grant them clemency this afternoon. As I do, I want to take a moment to recognize the brave turkeys who weren’t so lucky, who didn’t get to ride the gravy train to freedom, who met their faith with courage and sacrifice and prove that they weren’t chicken. It’s not that bad now come on.”
to ride the gravy train – to do something that requires little effort but gets a lot of rewards or profit
gravy – a sauce that people use a lot of at Thanksgiving meals
to be chicken – to be scared
“There’s some bad ones in here but this is the last time I’m doing this so we’re not leaving any room for leftovers.”
leftovers – the food that you don’t eat at the meal and instead save for the next day. Most people don’t eat all their food on Thanksgiving day and eat the leftovers for the rest of the weekend.
“Now from the Rose Garden, Tater and Tot will go to their new home at Virginia Tech which is admittedly a bit hokey.”
Virginia Tech is a university in the US and their mascot is called a Hokey. Also, hokey means sentimental or silly.
“Let’s get on with the pardoning because it’s Wednesday afternoon and everyone knows Thanksgiving traffic can put people in a fowl mood.”
fowl – another word for birds like turkeys and geese
foul mood – a bad mood
If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.