Commuter-In-Chief: Obama Sets New Single-Day Clemency Record; More Than Previous 11 Presidents Combined

Tyler Durden's picture

Earlier today President Obama commuted the sentences of another 153 federal prisoners bringing his total to 1,176, more than the previous 11 presidents combined.  The president also pardoned another 78 individuals, bringing his total pardons over the course of his eight years in office to 148.  Combined, these 231 acts of clemency sets a record for the most ever granted by a president in a single day in history. 

This latest move is just further evidence of his stated intention to ramp up commutations throughout the remainder of his presidency.  And, while the President often claims publicly that his commutations are only for "low-level" and "non-violent" criminals, 395 of the 1,176 commutations were offered to people serving life sentences...which typically aren't given to "low-level" criminals caught with a couple ounces of drugs on them.

Of course, in typical fashion, the President took to Twitter to brag about his latest "accomplishment."


And here is the full statement from the President's White House blog released earlier today.  As usual, the post ends with a vow to grant even more pardons over the coming weeks as Obama approaches the end of his time in the White House.

Today, President Obama granted clemency to 231 deserving individuals — the most individual acts of clemency granted in a single day by any president in this nation’s history. With today’s 153 commutations, the President has now commuted the sentences of 1,176 individuals, including 395 life sentences. The President also granted pardons to 78 individuals, bringing his total number of pardons to 148. Today’s acts of clemency — and the mercy the President has shown his 1,324 clemency recipients — exemplify his belief that America is a nation of second chances.


The 231 individuals granted clemency today have all demonstrated that they are ready to make use — or have already made use — of a second chance. While each clemency recipient’s story is unique, the common thread of rehabilitation underlies all of them. For the pardon recipient, it is the story of an individual who has led a productive and law-abiding post-conviction life, including by contributing to the community in a meaningful way. For the commutation recipient, it is the story of an individual who has made the most of his or her time in prison, by participating in educational courses, vocational training, and drug treatment. These are the stories that demonstrate the successes that can be achieved — by both individuals and society — in a nation of second chances.


Today’s grants signify the President’s continued commitment to exercising his clemency authority through the remainder of his time in office. In 2016 alone, the President has granted clemency to more than 1,000 deserving individuals. The President continues to review clemency applications on an individualized basis to determine whether a particular applicant has demonstrated a readiness to make use of his or her second chance, and I expect that the President will issue more grants of both commutations and pardons before he leaves office. The mercy that the President has shown his 1,324 clemency recipients is remarkable, but we must remember that clemency is a tool of last resort and that only Congress can achieve the broader reforms needed to ensure over the long run that our criminal justice system operates more fairly and effectively in the service of public safety.

Generally a full list of the drug dealers that will be released back on to the streets in the near future can be viewed on the Department of Justice website.  That said, Obama seems to be  releasing criminals faster than the DOJ can update their site, so you'll have to check back later for the official list. 

1,324 extra democrat voters and counting...

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MsCreant's picture

He was playing golf, WTF? I thought that would keep him from, you know, doing stuff.

Edit: We should monitor this list and see what these folks get up to later. That too is good material for a "legacy."

J S Bach's picture

I wish they would do away with this Executive Clemency entirely.  No man has the right to commute what a jury has deemed a "just" verdict.  So, now we have over 100 proven criminals walking free again.  Thanks, Barry.  I'm sure they'll take good care of you once your fairy-tale power trip has ended.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

for a country that has so many laws that you're practically a criminal for breathing? A country that has about 20% the population of china but has twice as many citizens incarcerated as china

I think you've got your liberty undies twisted in a knot

wee-weed up's picture

The BIGGIE is coming... pardoning the whole Clinton Crime Family.

underman's picture

Pardon the Clinton family?  For what?  Did they do something wrong?

Holy shit.  The commutation list, on the dept of justice website ( - all serious drug dealers.  50g or more of cocaine/crack.  Saw one that was 5 kilos.  These are dangerous people who know one thing - slingin' big rocks!  They might be in jail for dealing, but there's always more to the story - the violence.  Oh...but it's not their fault.  We need more suburban kids overdosing! 

Nemontel's picture

Obama, the Clinton syndicate and leftoids have been destroying our justice system for decades already.

OverTheHedge's picture

My thoughts on this: either he wants to hide a particular name, so is creating some camouflage, or he wants to upset owners / shareholders of prison facilities (that's a lot of income they won't be receiving), or he is a Marvel Comix villain; they ALWAYS empty a maximum security prison as part of their evil plot.

If the laws were so bad that people who don't deserve it keep getting locked up, why not change the laws? Can a president do that? Does he have a pen and a phone? What the fuck was he doing for the last 8 years, that he has to pardon thousands now? Playing golf?





scraping_by's picture

Much as I hate to say anything nice about Barry, walking back the drug war may be his only positive action in eight years. It's not a war on drugs, it's a war on people. By keeping it illegal, you create organized crime that will be with us for generations.

Now, despite promising numerous times, he never did take weed off Schedule I. So you have to put that headfake against rehabilitating individuals. Safe commutations is more a a gesture than taking care of the problem. Indeed, if our President-Elect really wants to drain the swamp, he could start with the pretext for the police state.

wildbad's picture

well put scraping. not that i too want to waft any credit his way.

he didn't do much on the federal level though and most of the dissembly of drug laws was done by the states where all of this stuff should be handled IF AT ALL

chiquita's picture

Why does it seem all these pardons and commutations are for drug offenses?  Aren't there any people sitting in jail unjustly for other offenses?  Or as the description says haven't any other offenders shown they're deserving of a second chance by their behavior behind bars? I'm a bit confused about the sheer concentration of the drug offenders being released.  I've heard some of the background on these people and it's not your typical dime bag wasn't doing much wrong kind of stuff.  Some of these guys (and girls) he's setting free are long time repeat offender heavy duty drug kingpin types.  It's pretty sure we'll be hearing about them offending again unless Barry has jobs for them to keep them out of trouble.

I just wonder what the thinking here is when there are plenty of more deserving low level drug offenders still sitting in jail who could have been released and aren't.  I'm also wondering about other offenders who might have been pardoned.  Although I'm hoping and holding my breath every second until it's no longer possible  that he does not pardon the Clintons or any of their cronies.  

auricle's picture

The only noble thing he's done. Drug laws are bullshit. You decide to do drugs that's your choice. Kill someone or yourself because of them, that's your fault. I look at drugs and guns the same way, on their own they are harmless. A person has to choose to use it. 

SheHunter's picture

Upvoted you.  Good post Squid-P.  We incarcerate and keep wars in third world countries humming so we have a place to hide enough of our population to maintain some semblence of order among the unemployed.

BabaLooey's picture

I personally know several people that were railroaded by the court system, and have the felon tag on them for life.....

..............for doing shit.

Nothing. NO victims.

NO damage done to anyone.

One was twisted into an "attempt" (and if you know the case like I do, this "attempt" was wordsmithed and massaged into a "conviction" by a biased judge, a lying cop, and a public "pretender" that mailed it in.)

The "justice" system in this country is a steaming pile of shit.

It's become a business of warehousing people.


turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) BabaLooey Dec 20, 2016 3:58 AM

they dindu nuffin

Pop3y3too's picture

The one token white guy in the thumbnail pic...

din't due nuthin', yall.

JRobby's picture

Its a $10 billion industry.

Cycling millions on to the "lists" of the unhireable.

myne's picture

China isn't a great comparison. They shoot heaps which drops the numbers. 

scraping_by's picture

Executions rise and fall with the world demand for harvested organs.

Nylsaar's picture

Are you suggesting America should do like China and shove an AK round through a suspect's ear instead of a jury of their peers?

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

If found guilty of murder, or pushing heroin and meth, any bullet to he ear is OK. Trial by jury includes passing the death sentence if called for.

Mike in GA's picture

China doesn't waste resources by incarceating, they execute.  Add those numbers up and you get the truth.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Violent criminals and dealers of deadly drugs should be incarcerated, or executed, depending on the case at hand.

divingengineer's picture

Contrast this with Duarte's method of "cutting them loose".  

He has a particular affinity for drug dealers.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

Clean up the shit-makers who push meth and heroin. Clean up the CIA and dirty cops while you are at it.

stinkypinky's picture

-1 JSB

You and Tyler are both guilty here. Looking at every action Obummer makes as INHERENTLY EVIL is just as bad as looking at every action he does as INHERENTLY GOOD - you know - the thing you attack his supporters about being idiots for. The jails are too full. Period. The current system is a slippery slope to being in jail - not the reverse. Someone who is, we assume, making good judgments about who should be allowed out of jail, and getting them OUT is something to be supported.

Someone being a "drug dealer" and therefore bad is tantamount to someone being a liquor store owner and therefore being bad, except that alcohol is probably more dangerous, depending on the drug in question.  

unsafe-space-time's picture

Soros and his girlfriend the Poppy use obama app to create executive orders. So he can golf till the jihadis come home and still accomplish miracles you can believe in.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

yer, jez curious - Hey Tyler? Any child traffickers in that lot Obama pardoned?

oncefired's picture

There was a shortage of Drug Dealers, it was starting to cut into the CIA's Bottom Line!

MsCreant's picture

The only way he can legitiamtely say he created jobs, I see, I see...

drendebe10's picture

Wutta traitorous fukn POS.  Tge fukn illegal Indonesian kenyan alien muslim fudgepacker imbecile needs its skin sand papered off, buried in salt then thrown out in the middle of a Syrian desert with a can of Pennzoil.

stant's picture

Now I learn I could have voted for Faith Spotted Eagle for pressure, Deez nuts for vp

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

Chalkie better pardon himself...

MsCreant's picture

So you are saying peddling "Hope and Change" is drug dealin'?

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

LOL Ms. C! Come to think of it, "hope and change" is probally heroin and coke in code. (slaps forehead). ;-)

Vatican_cameo's picture


Looks like everyone had a good day on the Golf Course.  This bastard can even wreak havoc while in the middle of the Fairway.  There is something to aspire to.

northern vigor's picture

They will be either back in shortly... or not. Hopefully not too many innocent victims will have to pay for this mad man.

Never One Roach's picture

Police said Eric Jamal Johnson made the admission to investigators in Yuma, Arizona where he was stationed and arrested. He also expressed his sympathy to the family of the victim, 20-year-old Sara Mutschlechner.

Police said Johnson was in an SUV with friends when he shot Mutschlechner in her car with her friends in Denton on New Year's Eve.


"If I had a son."


Goatboy's picture

He is just shy and well measured. Its his way of admitting how dysfunctional justice system is.

moorewasthebestbond's picture

Great, these thugs will be out raping your wives and daughters in no time.


Oil up your guns and practice often!

MsCreant's picture

They were in prison. They might rape you.

Teamtc321's picture

Be sure to stay within your state laws or your ass will be in the slammer without Zero in Chief to pardon your ass out......

Vigilante's picture

Talkin abt guns...

Can you recommend one that can stop a big niggro ,high on meth?

Askin for my granny.

UmbilicalMosqueSweeper's picture

.50, 12 gauge, 300 win mag, .308, 338 Lapua, etc., etc.

are we there yet's picture

1,176 drug dealers set free and a month of more pardons to yet to be done. Hope and change for drug dealers in prison. That is the Obama legacy. Along with letting men in women's restrooms, and spiraling health care costs.

FlKeysFisherman's picture

Is the racial makeup of his pardons proportional to the prison population or was this another one of Obama's racially motivated actions.