Showing posts with label Eisenhower. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eisenhower. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Obama's Abysmal Record on Pardons

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Obama and Other Multiple Term Presidents

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Obama: Second Only to Wilson and Coolidge in Commutations

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Problem, in a Nutshell

In a recent editorial for CNN, the Editor of this blog called on President Obama to
... grant a steady stream of individual pardons and commutations of sentence, every month, just like most presidents have done, throughout most of our nation's history.
How does the President compare on this front? A four-year presidential term covers all, or part, of 49 months. Below, the reader can see the number of months where at least one person was granted clemency over the last 20 presidential terms.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Obama: The Basement of Two-Term Mercy

As has been the case for most of the Hope and Change presidency of Barack Obama, the number of pardons and commutations continues to lag behind that of recent two-term presidents, including Republican presidents Eisenhower, Reagan and George W. Bush.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Obama: A More Rigorous Comparison

It is reported that a White House official recently attempted to favorably compare the clemency record of President Obama with recent presidents, Bush, Clinton and Reagan, which is something like being proud of the fact that your team has won more Super Bowls that the Minnesota Vikings, or that you have won more presidential elections than Harold Stassen.

Below, we have disaggregated Justice Department data (which are also arranged by fiscal year) for five recent two-term presidents and arranged them to display the cumulative number pardons and commutations of sentence granted to the exact point (month) in time where President Obama's term is today.

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What is obvious is that Obama is no Eisenhower, or Ronald Reagan for that matter. Data for presidents like FDR and Woodrow Wilson would simply go off the chart. And, indeed, at this point in his presidency, Obama lags behind recent two term presidents. This is, of course, the reason why, to date, he sits at 7th on the list of All-Time-Least-Merciful-Presidents.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Obama: More Dubious Pardon History-Making

President Obama's first term has now ended and, along the way, his administration tied Bill Clinton's first term for the fewest months featuring grants of either pardons or commutations of sentence. Obama granted a mere 22 pardons and 1 commutation of sentence, the lowest number for a full term for any president since George Washington! And he (Obama) did it all in just three months. The remaining 46 months of the term were a complete wash.

It will now be interesting to see just how far clemency dysfunction continues. In the first term. Obama also strung together 23 consecutive months without granting a single act of clemency. The length of the drought tied George W. Bush's first term for the longest of any modern president. Obama is currently riding a 14-month string of inaction.

President
Months Featuring   Clemency (of 49)
Months Without Clemency (of 49) Most  Consecutive Months Without Clemency
F. Roosevelt (1)    45     4        4
F. Roosevelt (2)    37     12        11
F. Roosevelt (3)    44      5        1
FDR / Truman (s)    46     3        1
Truman (1)    49     -        -
Eisenhower (1)    25     24        7
Eisenhower (2)    14     35        7
Kennedy / Johnson (s)    40     9        3
Johnson (1)    23     26        7
Nixon (1)    5     44        13
Nixon (2) / Ford (s)    17     32        9 
Carter    31     18        5
Reagan (1)    17     32        8
Reagan (2)    31     17        5
Bush    5     44       18
Clinton (1)    3     46         22
Clinton (2)    11     38       11
Bush (1)    7     42       23
Bush (2)    13     36       7
Obama    3     46       23

Saturday, December 22, 2012

What will a Merciless December Mean for Obama?

If President Obama fails to grant a single pardon or commutation of sentence this month (December), he will come ever closer to matching Bill Clinton's record of 46 months in a term without an act of clemency. Obama has already tied George W. Bush's record for the most consecutive months (23) without a pardon or commutation of sentence.
President
Months Featuring   Clemency (of 49)
Months Without Clemency (of 49) Most  Consecutive Months Without Clemency
F. Roosevelt (1)    45     4        4
F. Roosevelt (2)    37     12        11
F. Roosevelt (3)    44      5        1
FDR / Truman (s)    46     3        1
Truman (1)    49     -        -
Eisenhower (1)    25     24        7
Eisenhower (2)    14     35        7
Kennedy / Johnson (s)    40     9        3
Johnson (1)    23     26        7
Nixon (1)    5     44        13
Nixon (2) / Ford (s)    17     32        9 
Carter    31     18        5
Reagan (1)    17     32        8
Reagan (2)    31     17        5
Bush    5     44       18
Clinton (1)    3     46         22
Clinton (2)    11     38       11
Bush (1)    7     42       23
Bush (2)    13     36       7
Obama    3     45*       23

* January remaining in the term.


Friday, October 21, 2011

Obama: The No Commutation of Sentence President

Only George W. Bush waited longer than President Obama to grant the first act of clemency in his term. To date, Obama has granted a paltry 17 presidential pardons (largely restoring the civil rights of persons who committed minor offenses decades ago) and zero commutations of sentence.

President              Days before First Commutation of Sentence
-----------              ---------------------------------------------------------
Obama                1,004 ... and counting
Clinton                  672
Reagan                  317
Eisenhower           282
Nixon                    282
H.W. Bush             206
Carter                    82
Ford (s)                  61
Truman (s)             54
Johnson (s)            30
Kennedy                 19

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Prodigy, Rising Star, That Went to Prison

Edward Fretwell Prichard, Jr. was marked by Central Press as one of the six brightest students in America. As a result, the prodigy was treated to an all-expense paid tour of Europe and got a chance to meet Benito Mussolini.

Prichard entered Princeton University when he was only sixteen years old, but became involved in (and eventually the President of) the school’s Woodrow Wilson Democratic Club. Later, “Prich” worked with the Democratic Party on Franklin Roosevelt’s presidential campaign. He also became an editor for the school’s newspaper, the Daily Princetonian, and made the honor roll. Along the way, he gained a reputation as a formidable debater and orator.

Prichard graduated at the top of his class but made the New York Times his senior year after throwing a three-keg “beer party” in his dorm. He then found himself suspended from Princeton indefinitely. The party was thrown after he had debated the constitutionality of the New Deal with Colonel Henry Breckenridge (candidate for the United States Senate). Prichard was declared the winner of the debate by a vote of ninety-six to seventy-two.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Granting the First Commutation of Sentence

Over the last 12 presidencies, there has been an average of 329 days between inauguration and the granting of the first commutation of sentence. This number is, of course, heavily skewed by the data for the administration of George W. Bush - the slowest president in American history to grant any form of clemency. Excluding that administration, the number falls all of the way to 249. Regardless, the delay in the Obama administration - despite record numbers of applications for commutation of sentence - is more than twice the average for these recent administrations.

President
Assumed Office
Date of First Commutation of Sentence
Number of Days Till
First Commutation
Truman
4/12/45
6/5/45
54
Eisenhower
1/20/53
10/29/53
282
Kennedy
1/20/61
2/8/61
19
Johnson
11/22/63
12/22/63
30
Nixon
1/20/69
10/29/69
282
Ford
8/9/74
10/9/74
61
Carter
1/20/77
4/14/77
84
Reagan
1/20/81
12/3/81
317
H.W. Bush
1/20/89
8/14/89
206
Clinton
1/20/93
11/23/94
672
W. Bush
1/20/01
5/20/04
1216
Obama
1/20/09
- - -
735 and counting …

* These data represent the result of a preliminary run - at the request of media - through an original data set on presidential pardons from 1789 to 2011. The author will edit / amend / correct the data after additional research, should the need arise.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Decline in Christmas Clemency?

In December of 1999, an article in Christian Science Monitor suggested that, in recent years, there has been a decline in "Christmas Clemency." The article was generally based on the fact that President Clinton had gone a couple of Decembers without granting any pardons or commutations of sentence. Otherwise, no data were presented on the topic.

Using our own original data, we have calculated the total number of December pardons and commutations of sentence, by year and administration, from 1945 (Truman) to 2010 (Obama). Click on the image to the left.

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Director Who Could (or Would) Not Count

Robert Kennedy once boasted that he and his brother “made a real major effort and really major breakthrough” when it came to pardons and commutations. The notion was certainly enhanced by James V. Bennett’s 1970 book entitled I Chose Prison. Bennett, who served as Director of the Bureau of Prisons from 1937 to 1964, praised Kennedy for his exceptional “compassion.” He also claimed that his fellow Democrat “used his powers of granting executive clemency more often than any other President in our history.”

The observation may have appeared all the more impressive by the fact that, at the time Bennett’s book was published, the pardoning power seemed to be a thing of the past. Lyndon Johnson granted no pardons in the last seven months of his administration and Richard Nixon pardoned no one in his first nine months as president.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Eisenhower's "Tough Call"

The administration of Dwight Eisenhower may have featured the most famous rejections of a request for clemency (with all due respect to Mary Surratt and John Yates Beall). In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were to be executed for their convictions for espionage. The Department of Justice received over three million letters requesting clemency for the couple. Pope Pius XII and Albert Einstein supported clemency as well  and thousands protested their execution outside the White House.

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