16 Things We’re Going to Miss About Barack Obama

He is merciful

President Obama holds the record for the most presidential commutations and grants of clemency in US history. He saw his opportunity to show leniency and mercy to those who were targeted by overzealous police officers and judges during the ‘War on Drugs’ (mostly people of color), and took it without reservation.

By granting clemency and commutations, he showed that he was able to make a difference in the lives of those suffering under harsh mandatory minimums, even if he was unable to intervene personally during the judicial process.

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