Obama: Beg pardon?

Beltway is inordinately excited about this week's annual presidential turkey pardon. We skipped it last year (forget why). We are still nostalgic for the Bush-era turkey pardons, where the jokes about Scooter Libby were just gravy on the mashed potatoes.

Which raises an interesting question that came up at the White House briefing today, when Mark Knoller of CBS News asked about Obama's record on (human) pardons. So far, there haven't been any.

It was in late 2002 that Bush issued his first pardons. So if you need one, now might be the time to ask:

QUESTION: Robert, on Wednesday the president pardons another couple of turkeys. Are there any people pardons in the pipeline?

(LAUGHTER)

QUESTION: You would make news if there were.

(LAUGHTER)

GIBBS: I — I will check with counsel to see the degree to which — what's the process for — for active pardons in the administration. I'll check…

QUESTION: He hasn't had any yet.

GIBBS: No, no, he has not.

QUESTION: Do you know why?

GIBBS: I don't.

QUESTION: Jim Morrison in Florida.

(CROSSTALK)

GIBBS: I think that's a gubernatorial issue.

(LAUGHTER)

 

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