As the few remaining weeks in the Bush presidency slowly go by, one must ponder if there really is anything that is being done by the President that shows any progress or effectiveness. It appears that President Bush appropriately sees his role as a Lame Duck, but unlike any former President in recent memory, Bush is choosing to be a limp one.

But what is a lame duck? According to Wikipedia, a lame duck is an elected official who is approaching the end of his or her tenure, and especially an official whose successor has already been elected.

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A Presidential Pardon Cover Letter

A Presidential Pardon Cover Letter

Last Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that President Bush had granted pardons to 14 individuals and commuted the prison sentences of two others convicted of misdeeds ranging from drug offenses to tax evasion, from wildlife violations to bank embezzlement.

The new round of White House pardons were Bush’s first since March and come less than two months before he will end his presidency. The crimes committed by those on the list also include offenses involving hazardous waste, food stamps and the theft of government property.

Bush has been relatively stingy in handing out such reprieves. Including these actions, he has granted 171 pardons and eight commutations in nearly eight years. That’s less than half as many as Presidents Clinton or Reagan issued during their 8-year tenures in office.

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