Stages Of Thanksgiving As Told By Obama

Thanksgiving is great — don’t get me wrong. The turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, various pies, etc.; what’s not to love? But, when I took a second to think about it, I realized Thanksgiving is pretty predictable. So, what better a way to illustrate the stages of turkey day than with pictures of President Obama?

When you work out like a maniac the day before Thanksgiving so you don’t feel guilty for eating that third (and fourth and fifth) piece of pie:

Courtesy of Wikipedia

When your lofty plans of making a gluten-free pumpkin soufflé take you eight frustrating hours in a hot kitchen and you want to scream and cry and ask WHY WHY WHY?! doesn’t it look as good as the picture from Pinterest:

Courtesy of Flickr: Pete Souza
Courtesy of Flickr: Pete Souza

That face you make when you see your cousins for the first time since you all went back to school:

Courtesy of Flickr: U.S. Embassy New Delhi
Courtesy of Flickr: U.S. Embassy New Delhi

When your family asks why you don’t have a boyfriend:

*I have my books to keep me warm*

(Alternatively substituted with, “When are you going to take that nose ring out?”)

Flickr: Steve Jurvetson
Flickr: Steve Jurvetson

When you realize you’ve polished off half a bottle of Pinot and it’s not even 4 p.m.:

Flickr: Pete Souza
Flickr: Pete Souza

When wildcard Uncle Tony shows up uninvited (come on, we all have one), but it’s Thanksgiving so you cut him a slice of pie and no one makes a big deal out of it:

Courtesy of Flickr: Will White

When you recognize that distant relative, but can’t place the name:

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Courtesy of Flickr: Marc Nozell

When your conservative grandma ignites a heated debate over the Syrian refugee crisis and you just sit there holding your tongue:

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

When you see the turkey come out of the oven and book it for the table:

Flickr: Muhammad Ghafari
Courtesy of Flickr: Muhammad Ghafari

When you wait an eternity for someone to pass you the mashed potatoes:

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Pretending to like the string beans that your aunt brought because you don’t want to hurt her feelings:

Courtesy of Flickr: Steve Jurvetson

When you realize that third helping of turkey and sides was a mistake:

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

But you rally because pie:

Courtesy of Flickr: Freedom United States
Courtesy of Flickr: Freedom United States

When you’re coerced into watching football with all the guys after the meal:

Flickr: John Althouse Cohen
Courtesy of Flickr: John Althouse Cohen

When you reflect on how thankful you are for all the family and food around you:

Courtesy of Flickr: Pete Souza
Courtesy of Flickr: Pete Souza
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