Today, the White House produced a similarly goofy chart, for PR purposes, but, more entertainingly, starving / sleepless Neil Eggleston crafted this paragraph:
Earlier this month, President Obama granted commutation to 214 federal inmates, the most commutations granted in a single day by any President in this nation’s history. With today’s additional 111 grants, the President has commuted the sentences of 325 people in the month of August alone, which is the greatest number of commutations ever granted by a president in a single month. The 325 commutations the President has granted in just one month is more than any president granted in a single year for nearly a century.First, when the President granted the 214 commutations of sentence, it was NOT announced as the "most commutations granted in a single day by any President in this nation's history." There is a simple reason why 1) at the time, no one in the White House or Department of Justice had any idea whatsoever that that was the case, because 2) no one in the White House or Department of Justice had comprehensive data on the matter. So - at the time - Neil Eggleston simply guessed that it was the highest number of commutations of sentence granted in a single day "since at least 1900." And he was wrong. The effects of sleep deprivation, no doubt.
Eggleston now guesses - out loud - that Obama has set a record for the most commutations of sentence in a single month. Are we to conclude they now have comprehensive monthly data back to 1789? We are very confident that is not the case.
This is all Jeffrey Toobin-like, And that is very, very sad.