"I am here to announce what I’m sure will be the most talked about executive action this month," Obama said before pardoning the National Thanksgiving Turkey at the White House.
"Today, I’m taking an action fully within my legal authority -- the same kind of action taken by Democrat and Republican presidents before me, to spare the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese, from a terrible and delicious fate," Obama said.
Republicans have threatened to sue the president over his use of executive orders, including one that would allow about 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country.
Cheese was chosen by fans to be named the National Thanksgiving Turkey and pardoned by the president, but Mac's life was also spared. Since 2012, fans have been able to vote for their favorite turkey on Twitter.
"Let’s face it, if you’re a turkey and you’re named after a side dish, your chances of escaping Thanksgiving dinner are pretty low, so these guys are well ahead of the curve," Obama said.
The side dish's chances of escaping the Obama's dinner are pretty low since macaroni and cheese has been featured on the White House Thanksgiving menu every year.
The nearly 50 pound birds were raised with the presidential turkey flock at Cooper Farms in Fort Recovery, Ohio.
Since arriving in Washington, Mac and Cheese have been pampered at the Willard Hotel in a custom room with tarps and shavings. Following the ceremony they flocked to their retirement at Morven Park in Virginia.
"Some will call this amnesty," Obama said.