As President Barack Obama pardoned the White House turkey Wednesday, he paid tribute to the spirit of New Yorkers knocked down by the hurricane.
He reminded the nation to give thanks and remember what's important in life.
"It's also a time to remember those who are less fortunate, and this year, that's particularly true for our neighbors in the northeast who've lost their homes and their possessions and even their loved ones to Hurricane Sandy," the president said. "In the last few weeks, I've had a chance to visit both New Jersey and New York, and while I've seen entire neighborhoods reduced to rubble and heartbreaking loss and devastation, I have yet to find a broken spirit."
President Obama actually pardoned two turkeys. Their names are Cobbler and Gobbler and they will now live out their lives at Mount Vernon.