On November 23, 2011, President Obama delivered remarks on Thanksgiving after pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey. President Obama said:
"When we gather around our tables tomorrow to share the fruits of our blessings, let's remember what that means. Let's be grateful for what we have. Let's be mindful of those who have less. Let's appreciate those who hold a special place in our lives, and make sure that they know it. And let's think about those who can't spend the holiday with their loved ones -- especially the members of our military serving overseas. I'd like to thank all our men and women in uniform and their families for their incredible service and devotion.
"And that's what being an American is all about. Even when times are tough, we look out for each other. We lift each other up. And we remind ourselves just how lucky we are here, together, in the greatest country on Earth.
"So from our family to yours, I want to wish everybody a wonderful and happy and healthy Thanksgiving."
You can read the complete transcript here.