Obama's Nate Silver joke: President says FiveThirtyEight "nailed" turkey pardon.

"Once Again, Nate Silver Completely Nailed It"

"Once Again, Nate Silver Completely Nailed It"

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Nov. 21 2012 3:56 PM

"Once Again, Nate Silver Completely Nailed It"

President Obama gestures during the annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon with his daughters Sasha and Malia

Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images.

President Obama was in an understandably festive mood today while sparing the lives of Cobbler and Gobbler, two 40-pound turkeys that were given the traditional Thanksgiving pardons this time around.

"Once again, Nate Silver completely nailed it," Obama joked about the would-be-meals that were selected by an online survey to receive the annual presidential pardons. "The guy's amazing, he predicted these guys would win."


Here's the video (the joke, along with a few others, comes within the first minute):

Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City.