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By this point in his presidency, FDR had pardoned 1,431 people. Obama’s pardoned 40.

By this point in his presidency, FDR had pardoned 1,431 people. Obama’s pardoned 40.

Barack Obama is set to do some turkey pardoning tomorrow, but he hasn’t done much, you know, human pardoning. He has, thus far, issued 40 pardons or sentence commutations. By comparison, Harry Truman had issued 1,537 by this point, and FDR had issued 1,431. Even George W. Bush had issued 99. Obama’s been historically slow here.

If Obama wants to really reverse course, he could just pardon the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. But even as immigration reform languishes in Congress, there’s no sign Obama’s willing to do that.

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Dylan Matthews | November 26, 2013 at 9:52 am
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