Obama’s Only Presidential Pardon This Year Was The Thanksgiving Turkey

ThinkProgress points out that Cobbler the turkey was the only recipient of a presidential mercy in 2012:

Although the Constitution confers on the president the power to “grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States,” a recent ProPublica report found that Obama had exercised that power more rarely than any president in modern history. As law professor Mark Osler explains, the framers intended a much more robust presidential use of the pardon power:

The founding fathers did not intend for the pardon power to fall into such disuse. Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist 74, argued that “the criminal code of every country partakes so much of necessary severity, that without an easy access to exceptions in favor of unfortunate guilt, justice would wear a countenance too sanguinary and cruel.”

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4 Responses to Obama’s Only Presidential Pardon This Year Was The Thanksgiving Turkey

  1. Ted Heistman November 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I don’t think he has enough initiative to pardon people. I’ll say it again. He is a middle manager. He is one of the weakest presidents We’ve ever had. So this is like a move that requires an executive decision. Taking charge. He doesn’t have it in him.
    The right wing crazies that compare him to Hitler have it so completely wrong. He is no dictator.

  2. teachpeace November 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm #

    I nominate Tim DeChristopher for Pardon!

  3. BuzzCoastin November 27, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

    well at least he spared his own kind
    The Big Turkey rules

  4. just john November 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Isn’t Xmas and New Year’s Eve more the traditional time of year for pardoning humans?

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