A difference between Jesus Christ and George W. Bush: pardoning prisoners

One hallmark of Jesus’s ministry was to proclaim freedom to prisoners and to set them free, yet George Bush has one of the worst Presidential Pardon rates of United States presidents since WWII. He has only pardoned 113 people. His dad is the only one with even a worse pardon rate. George H. Bush only pardoned 74 people.  FDR was the most “Christ-like” in this regard pardoning 2819 people. Here are some of the other numbers:

  • Truman……………1913
  • Eisenhower………1110
  • Kennedy…………..472
  • Johnson…………….960
  • Nixon………………..863
  • Ford…………………..382 (including Nixon)
  • Carter………………..534
  • Reagan……………….393
  • Clinton………………..396

The power for presidents to pardon is enshrined the US Constitution in Article II, Section 2

source: 2008 Scott’s Miscellany, p 304

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