BREAKING: Obama Just Set ANOTHER Historical Presidential Record, There’s Just One MAJOR Problem…


President Obama on Monday pardoned 78 people and granted another 153 commutations which sets a record for the most acts of clemency granted by a U.S. president ever in a single day.

Lovely, huh?


Dude, I thought you were in Hawaii. What’s up with this crap?

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White House Counsel Neil Eggleston announced the decisions in an official post.

“Today, President Obama granted clemency to 231 deserving individuals — the most individual acts of clemency granted in a single day by any president in this nation’s history.”

“With today’s 153 commutations, the President has now commuted the sentences of 1,176 individuals, including 395 life sentences. The President also granted pardons to 78 individuals, bringing his total number of pardons to 148. Today’s acts of clemency — and the mercy the President has shown his 1,324 clemency recipients — exemplify his belief that America is a nation of second chances.”


FOX reports that Eggleston described all the individuals being pardoned or seeing their sentences shortened as “deserving.”

“The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use – or have already made use – of a second chance,” he wrote.

He also previewed additional clemency decisions in the weeks ahead, saying: “I expect that the President will issue more grants of both commutations and pardons before he leaves office.”

The decisions could fuel criticism from the right, following a presidential campaign in which winner Donald Trump hammered a law-and-order message and suggested authorities were too soft on crime.

But Obama has been granting commutations at rapid-fire pace in his final months in office, focusing primarily on shortening sentences of those convicted of drug offenses rather than pardons.


Pardons amount to forgiveness of a crime that removes restrictions on the right to vote, hold state or local office, or sit on a jury. The pardon also lessens the stigma arising from the conviction.

Obama has now pardoned a total of 148 people during his presidency and has shortened the sentences of 1,176 people, including 395 serving life sentences.

Great. Why?

The commutations were announced as Obama vacations in Hawaii during the holidays.

Many of those on Obama’s list Monday had been sentenced on drug-related convictions. Groups that have urged the president to use his clemency powers cheered the decision, urging him to go further in the waning days of his administration.

Yeah that’s what we need. More drug addicts on the streets. 

“As the clock counts down on the Obama administration, the need for commutations of these non-violent drug offenders — and many more like them — is more important than ever,” Jessica Jackson Sloan, national director of #cut50, said in a statement.


Randy DeSoto at Western Journalism reports that according to the Justice Department, Ronald Reagan granted 393 pardons, Bill Clinton, 396, and George W. Bush, 189.

Obama stated this summer that his clemency program is aimed at commuting the sentences of those criminals who are in jail under tougher sentencing guidelines than currently exist (such as the “three strikes” laws), including particularly those whose main underlying offense was drug-related.

The Washington Post notes that the Obama administration is working with the Clemency Project 2014, a consortium of four groups that is supplying lawyers to work pro bono to review all the tens of thousands of applicants. For those considered deserving, petitions are prepared by the lawyers and sent to the Department of Justice for review. Those deemed worthy by DOJ are then referred to White House counsel, who make the final recommendations to the president.

“These men and women were not hardened criminals,” Obama said this summer. “But the overwhelming majority had to be sentenced to at least 20 years. … I believe that at its heart, America’s a nation of second chances. And I believe these folks deserve their second chance.”

Each of the inmates whose sentence has been reduced receives a letter from the president. In it, Obama indicates only a “small fraction” of the applicants were granted the opportunity they are receiving, encouraging them to use it wisely. He writes:

“I am granting your application because you have demonstrated the potential to turn your life around. Now it is up to you to make the most of this opportunity. It will not be easy, and you will confront many who doubt people with criminal records can change. Perhaps even you are unsure of how you will adjust to your new circumstances.

But remember that you have the capacity to make good choices…I believe in your ability to prove the doubters wrong, so good luck and Godspeed.”

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, in 2014 called Obama’s clemency initiative “an alarming abuse of the pardon power.”

Former President Bill Clinton was highly criticized for a slew of 140 pardons issued on his final day in office, including fugitive Marc Rich, whose wife contributed significantly to the Clintons.


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