Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Countdown to Infamy: It's Official !

Today, President Obama passes Bill Clinton and officially becomes the slowest Democratic president in the history of the United States to exercise the pardon power (click on chart to the left).

That's right. Zero pardons or commutations of sentence in 673 days, despite thousands of new and pending applications. And the count continues! Incidentally, the average waiting period for all presidents is well less than one hundred days.

Now, the only question is whether or not Obama will wait still yet another 26 days and pass the slowest president since the two party system kicked in - George W. Bush. As 1 out of every 2 pardons over the last 39 years has been granted in the month of December, it doesn't seem likely that Obama will pass him. But, you never know!

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