Obama Grants Fewest Pardons Since Garfield in the 1800’s (Who Only Served 200 Days Before He Was Assassinated)

Obama Is Short On Compassion and Long On Brute Force

USA Today reports:

Obama has issued just 64 pardons in his presidency — fewer than any president since James Garfield was assassinated in 1881.

This is all the more dramatic given that Garfield served only 200 days as president before being killed.

In contrast, here are some the past numbers of presidential pardons (not including the presidents with low numbers):

  • Thomas Jefferson 119
  • James Madison 196
  • James Monroe 419
  • John Quincy Adams 183
  • Andre Jackson 386
  • Martin Van Buren 168
  • John Tyler 209
  • James Polk 268
  • Millard Fillmore 170
  • Franklin Pierce 142
  • James Buchanan 150
  • Abraham Lincoln 343
  • Andrew Johnson 7,000
  • Ulysses S. Grant 1,332
  • Rutherford Hayes 893
  • Chester Arthur 337
  • Grover Cleveland 1,107
  • Benjamin Harrison 613
  • William McKinley 918
  • Teddy Roosevelt 981
  • William Taft 758
  • Woodrow Wilson 2,480
  • Warren Harding 800
  • Calvin Coolidge 1,545
  • Herbert Hoover 1,385
  • FDR 3,687
  • Harry Truman 2,044
  • Dwight Eisenhower 1,157
  • JFK 575
  • Lyndon Johnson 1,187
  • Richard Nixon 926

Not only is Obama less charitable in pardoning people than most presidents, but he has also prosecuted more whistleblowers than all other presidents combined.

Indeed, Obama has sentenced whistleblowers to 25 times the jail time of all prior U.S. presidents combined.

In reality, Obama – even more than Bush or other presidents – is protecting criminal activity by prosecuting and harassing whistleblowers.

Indeed, Obama has prosecuted fewer financial crimes than President Reagan, Clinton or either of the Bush presidents.   As bad as the Bush administration was – they at least prosecuted the heads of Enron, Worldcom and some other white collar crooks. In contrast, Obama hasn’t prosecuted even one high-level Wall Street executive.

The man is short on compassion and long on brute force …

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  • artguerrilla

    c’mon, he is a toady to Empire in blackface, a modern step-n-fetchit who carries water for Empire, *that* is how ‘far we have come’ : where a blackish person can be an eee-vil adjunct to Empire, not just an old white man…

    he is slime for Empire (*just like* bush, cliton, powell, reagan, rumsfeld, cheney, etc ad infinitum), perhaps more hypocritical and eee-vil than most, because he is provided cover by idiot dem’rats and purblind pwogs who still protect and excuse his horrific actions in entrenching the police state and furthering Empire…

    eee-vil is as eee-vil does…

    • gop4ever

      The billionaire class does not enjoy being labeled as “evil” you know.

    • nomadfiles

      The irony is that his blackness acts as a shield against criticism. Criticism of Obama is often characterized as racism, even when that criticism is legitimate; and thus is largely dismissed by liberals and neutral observers. It deflects criticism, much like the charge of anti-Semitism deflects legitimate criticism of Israel. He’s more untouchable than Reagan. A president coated in black Teflon. With this black Teflon coating he is more effective in his corporate toadiness and advancing the aims of empire. Truly, a more effective eee-vil.

  • the silenced masses

    This is understandable, because now white collar criminals aren’t even charged. There’s no need to pardon his friends

  • Joe

    Most presidents wait until the end of their last term to grant the bulk of their pardons.

  • Bev

    President Obama Please Pardon Political Prisoner Don Siegelman whose conviction “113 bi-partisan former state Attorneys General agree had never been a crime before Siegelman was convicted of it.”

    Petition: https://www.change.org/p/president-obama-please-restore-justice-and-pardon-my-dad

    President Obama: Please restore justice and pardon my dad!


    Obama in AL, Dana Siegelman seeks talk with him about her father, the political prisoner
    By Mike Cason

    Dana Siegelman, daughter of former Gov. Don Siegelman, plans to try to talk to President Barack Obama about her father’s case on Saturday in Selma.

    The president is coming to Alabama for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the voting rights march. Dana Siegelman has been one of the most active advocates for her father, who claims his prosecution on corruption charges was orchestrated by Republicans seeking to end his political career.

    A panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Siegelman’s case in January.
    Siegelman’s lawyers said there was new evidence suggesting that a prosecutor with ties to the Republican party remained involved in the case despite her recusal. Prosecutors said the court has already rejected that claim.

    link http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2015/03/dana_siegelman_hopes_to_get_wo.html

    Petition: https://www.change.org/p/president-obama-please-restore-justice-and-pardon-my-dad

    President Obama: Please restore justice and pardon my dad!


    Jan 2, 2015 — Though my father is still in prison, great developments have been made in toward his freedom. We have a mound of evidence now pointing to his innocence and are making a
    documentary about this wrongful prosecution.

    Please join us and watch the preview film, here! http://www.gofundme.com/DonSiegelmanFilm

    Get involved by joining our listserv or follow me on Twitter or Facebook. Your support is crucial!



    Federal Judge Who Was Arrested for Beating His Wife (and Who Sentenced Don Siegelman) Is Now Hoping to Avoid Prosecution Altogether

    Unspecified ‘treatment program’ may allow U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller to skip prosecution,
    according to his attorney…

    By Brad Friedman on 8/25/2014, 7:05am PT

    Alabama’s former Democratic Governor Don Siegelman is currently serving a 6.5 year sentence in a federal prison for something that he did not personally profit from, did not know was a crime, and that 113 bi-partisan former state Attorneys General agree had never been a crime before Siegelman was convicted of it.

    That’s all thanks to a political prosecution orchestrated by Karl Rove, a corrupt federal prosecutor, the corrupt federal prosecutor’s husband (who happened to be the Campaign Manager of Siegelman’s political opponent) and others, most of whom were close friends and/or clients of Rove.

    One of them, Mark Fuller, the Republican federal U.S. District Court judge who sentenced Siegelman to those years in federal prison, refused to recuse himself from the case, despite having a very clear conflict of interest and very specific grudge against Siegelman.

    Two weeks ago, Judge Fuller was arrested for beating his wife bloody in an Atlanta hotel. (You can read all of the, literally, bloody details from the police report, as covered them at the time, at that link.)

    This week, as it turns out, Fuller may have figured out how to not only avoid any prison time at all, but he may be able to even avoid prosecution entirely…

    According to AP:
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama federal judge could avoid prosecution for domestic violence in Atlanta.

    Programs help some defendants avoid criminal prosecution, and a defense lawyer says U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller is open to such a chance in Fulton County.

    The defense says Fuller is entering treatment for an unspecified reason, and the Atlanta court offers pre-trial intervention and diversion programs for some defendants. One of the programs is for people in treatment programs.

    Fuller’s defense attorney Jeff Brickman says he plans to talk to a prosecutor soon about the possibility. Brickman says Fuller would welcome the chance to end the case without prosecution.

    As we noted in our original report on Fuller’s arrest, the Atlanta Police report described him having pulled his wife around the hotel room by her hair and stiking her in the mouth several times after she accused him of having an affair with his law clerk. Blood was said to have been discovered in the bathroom, and the wife had lacerations on her face and bruises on her legs.

    And it should be noted that this is not the first time Fuller has been accused of domestic abuse in his previous marriage as well. As Dan Whistenhunt of Decaturish.com reported: “The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press reported in 2012 that a Montgomery circuit judge sealed Fuller’s divorce records. The divorce file is, ‘wrought with accusations of domestic violence, drug abuse and the judge’s alleged affair with his court bailiff,’ according to the Reporters Committee.”

    After Siegelman was sentenced — for a non-violent offense that had never been a crime before he decided that Siegelman committed it — Judge Fuller ordered the former Governor immediately shackled and hauled away to jail, rather than allowed to go free pending appeal, which is normally the custom in such cases.

    If only Siegelman had been a drunk who beat his wife bloody and then checked into a treatment program, he might have been able to avoid prosecution entirely, along with years of prison time as sentenced by Fuller — who appears to be a drunk that beat his wife bloody and has now checked in for treatment, even as Siegelman serves out years in a federal correctional institution…thanks to Fuller.

    Got it?


    Chris Hayes Plays Horrifying 911 Call From Federal Judge Mark Fuller’s Wife; Sounds of Her Apparently Being Struck Can Be Clearly Heard

    ALSO: Two Alabama Congresswomen, a Democrat and a Republican, call for accountability, possible impeachment by the U.S. House…

    By Brad Friedman on 9/17/2014, 12:33pm PT

    On Tuesday night’s All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, at the end of a segment on the NFL’s growing domestic violence controversies, he finally delved into the outrageous case we’ve been reporting in great detail since early August, when Alabama’s federal U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller was arrested and charged with beating his wife bloody in an Atlanta hotel room.

    Hayes plays audio from a portion of the 911 call from Fuller’s wife, including the segment in which it sounds as if she is being repeatedly struck, as later cited by the 911 dispatcher. “Please help me. He’s beating on me,” she is heard crying afterward.

    Hayes’ brief segment on the Fuller wife-beating case — with a promise to cover the story more in the future — begins just after the 4:00 minute mark in the video below…

    video embedded in article at http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10815

  • sveltesvengali