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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Inside Government wishes all of our readers a very Happy Thanksgiving! And in the spirit of the holiday, we figured we’d explain the the origins of the Annual Presidential Pardon of the Turkey.

Each year since 1947, the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board have given a turkey to the President of the United States at a White House ceremony. Since then, presidents have been more likely to eat the turkey rather than give it a reprieve. A notable exception occurred in 1963, when President Kennedy, referring to the turkey given to him, said, “Let’s just keep him.” It wasn’t until the first Thanksgiving of President George H.W. Bush, in 1989, that a turkey was officially pardoned for the first time.

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