Obama Thanksgiving: Call troops, serve dinner at soup kitchen, dine at White House

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President Barack Obama makesThanksgiving Day phone calls to U.S. troops, from the Oval Office, Nov. 27, 2014.

By Athena Jones

CNN

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama celebrated his favorite holiday — Thanksgiving — with phone calls to U.S. troops, something he often does to mark the holiday.

He spoke with representatives from the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard to express his appreciation for their service, including their work to stamp out Ebola and to defeat ISIS.

The First Family, joined by other family members, was set to feast on a dinner of thyme-roasted turkey, honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing, oyster stuffing, braised winter greens, sweet potato gratin, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and macaroni and cheese. Mac and Cheese also happened to be the names of the two 20-week old, 48-pound turkeys the president pardoned on Wednesday as part of the 67th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey.

A self-proclaimed pie lover, Obama and the rest of his family will enjoy a plethora of pies for dessert, including banana cream pie, coconut cream pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie and cherry pie.

The Obamas spent Wednesday afternoon in Southeast Washington passing out food and Thanksgiving greetings to people at Bread for the City, an organization that serves the needy. They were joined by Mrs. Obama’s mother Marion Robinson.

“We are grateful to the countless Americans who serve their communities in soup kitchens and shelters, looking out for those who are less fortunate, and lifting up those who have fallen on hard times,” the president said in his weekly address. “This generosity, this compassion, this belief that we are each others’ keepers, is essential to who we are, not just on this day, but every day.”

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