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Why are the pardons that President G.W. Bush worse than those of other Presidents?

Franklin D. Roosevelt issued the most pardons and commutations of any president. Over the course of his four terms, he issued 3,687. By contrast, George Washington issued the least, only 16. Two presidents in American history, William Henry Harrison and James Garfield, chose not to use their power to pardon.

President Bush is now notable for issuing so few pardons and sentence commutations. In comparison to his first-term record of 31, Mr. Clinton averaged 228 during each of his administrations. Mr. Bush’s father issued 77 during his term. Mr. Reagan averaged 203 during each of his administrations. Mr. Carter issued 566, while Mr. Ford issued 409. Mr. Nixon averaged 463 during each of his terms.

During his time as Governor of Texas, Mr. Bush issued fewer pardons than any other Governor in Texas since the 1940s. He issued only 16, compared to 70 for Ann Richards, his immediate predecessor.

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Asked by Tayandstevenmom at 7:24 PM on Nov. 26, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • they are not. and i have not seen anyone say they were.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:25 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • cont.
    Here is a list of Clinton's pardons one of which is his BROTHER

    Answer by Tayandstevenmom at 7:27 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • I haven't seen anyone on here saying that his pardons are worse than anyone else's.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 7:31 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • They arent any worse then any other president. People always have something to say about what president pardons who and what other presidents did what. Big deal. They are his pardons. It isnt like hes pardoning serial killers. I think some people just cant get over the hate for the man even though hes leaving office. Lets see just how awesome Obamas pardons are. Wonder if Rezko will be first?

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:09 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property.
    Thomas Jefferson

    Answer by ny.chica at 8:31 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • People love to hate Dubya. I'm not one of them for the record. :-)

    Answer by aenima49 at 9:36 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • They aren't, and I do hate W. His midnight laws are what I find offensive.

    Answer by Fiveofakind2 at 9:53 PM on Nov. 26, 2008

  • i don't think, nor have i have yet to read any negative on bush pardoning anyone. just about all of the presidents have done it. i would do it. their are so many people sent to prison for crimes they did not comment. those who do commit the crimes do more than pay their debt to society (non-violent crimes).

    Answer by prettylob1 at 12:54 AM on Nov. 27, 2008

  • I don't know but, I know that he executed the most people. I wonder how many were innocent?

    Answer by akhlass at 2:59 AM on Nov. 27, 2008

  • I am a major news channel addict. I have heard no negative views about Bush's pardons. If you got into a heated argument with someone over his pardons, I assure you, they are uninformed. There was no controversy with this one.

    Answer by eyebyte at 9:56 AM on Nov. 28, 2008

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