Yet, today's headlines appear to be highly impressed by the fact that President Obama has set a record for the largest number individual pardons and commutations of sentence granted in a single day - 231. Few seem to be aware that he has simply surpassed his own record - by our own count - set just four months ago (214). But, a reader of this blog offers another, compelling viewpoint:
"On Dec. 23, 1947, Pres. Truman granted pardon to 1,523 specifically named persons. Here’s the operative language:
Now, Therefore, I, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America, under and by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article II of the Constitution of the United States, do hereby grant a full pardon to those persons convicted of violating the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 as amended whose names are included in the list of names attached hereto and hereby made a part of this proclamation.If the WH wants to play the game of who has done the most pardons in a single day (as opposed to amnesty proclamations that pardoned tens of thousands of persons who fell within a class), then why isn’t this the record?
Truman pardoned more than 1,500 specifically named persons at one time. Just sayin.
Maybe Obama can claim the record for the most grants in a single day by a left-handed president? Or on a Monday before Christmas? I know, the most pardons in a single day announced while the President was in Hawaii. There’s plenty of glory to go around!"
Things that make you (us) go hmmmmmm.