Obama turkey pardons: 8; human pardons: 22

10:07 AM, Nov 21, 2012   |    comments
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By David Jackson, USA TODAY

By the end of today, President Obama will have pardoned eight turkeys during his term in office, just more than a third the number of humans he has pardoned.

As we noted earlier this month, Obama has issued many fewer pardons than his immediate predecessors, a total of 22 so far, according to an analysis by the ProPublica website.

With Obama scheduled to conduct the annual Thanksgiving pardoning of two turkeys this afternoon, news organizations are drawing comparisons to other kinds of pardons.

NPR News cited one study comparing recent presidents on number of pardons granted in relation to those rejected:
Ronald Reagan: 1 in 8
George H.W. Bush: 1 in 19
Bill Clinton: 1 in 16
George W. Bush: 1 in 55
Barack Obama: 1 in 290

Said White House spokesman Matt Lehrich: "President Obama takes his constitutional power to grant clemency very seriously, and each recommendation received from the Department of Justice is carefully reviewed and evaluated on the merits."


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