Saturday, June 12, 2010

Obama Passes 500th Day Mark

The Obama administration is now 508 days old and had yet to grant a single pardon or commutation of sentence. In a matter of days, the administration will pass that of John Adams (1797-1801) in the highest realms of clemency neglect / tardiness and, very soon, will be outranked by only three other presidents: George Washington, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Washington, of course, is an awkward fit for the contest, in general, as he was the Nation's very first president and criminal law was not yet so federalized. So, as it stands, in matters of clemency, the administration that promised Hope and Change is, if anything, going to be remembered as a very disappointing carbon copy of sorry record left by the previous two administrations.

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