CNN Wire Staff
Washington (CNN) - President Obama wished the nation a happy Thanksgiving on Thursday and also used his weekly address to renew his call for bipartisan cooperation on addressing major issues facing the nation.
In the remarks usually delivered on a Saturday, Obama said the first family will have the same kind of holiday experienced by millions of Americans - filled with friends and relatives, good food and football.
"And just as folks have done in every Thanksgiving since the first, we'll spend some time taking stock of what we're thankful for: the God-given bounty of America and the blessings of one another," the president said.
He called for Americans to think about those less fortunate and saluted the "countless" Americans serving their country and communities, from soldiers on guard around the world to volunteers at local soup kitchens and food pantries.
On Wednesday, the first family spent an hour handing out Thanksgiving dinner packages to people at Martha's Table, a local aid organization.
Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: The president is enjoying the holiday and so am I. In my case, by pursuing my continually thankless task of writing a letter a day to the White House.
Dear Mr. President,
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving every year, and especially on turkey day itself, I like to run around my house and office with a turkey call in my pocket. Periodically, when no one is expecting it, I pop it in my mouth and give a few quick gobbles, then I dash into the room and cry, “I just heard a turkey! Did anyone see it?”
I find this endlessly amusing and I’ve augmented it this year by sending text messages with a photo of a turkey and a sound file of the gobble. Whether my friends and family find this as much fun as I do, I can’t say, but I certainly hope so.
By the time you read this, our entire family will likely have completed our annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot; a six mile run through Bethesda. I’ll probably carry my turkey call along on that run, too. Last year it was pretty chilly, and I think it was the year before that it was just plain cold. This year it’s going to be relatively cold, but with the added bonus of rain. Ha! So that will be some fun.
Seems like communities everywhere have these Turkey Trots these days, which, considering our propensity to overindulge, is probably a good thing.
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