Obama Grants Most Pardons in a Single Day of Any President

Why can't he just stay on vacation?

The White House says that President Obama pardoned 78 people today, as well as shortening the sentence of 153 others convicted of federal crimes. That is the most number of individual clemencies in a single day by any president, reports ABC News.

Obama has been granting commutations at rapid-fire pace in his final months in office, but he has focused primarily on shortening sentences rather than pardons. Pardons amount to the full forgiveness of a crime; it removes restrictions on the right to vote and lessens the stigma of conviction, as ABC notes.

Neil Eggleston, Obama's White House counsel, says Obama has now pardoned a total of 148 people during his presidency and shortened the sentences of 1,176 others, including 395 who were serving life sentences.

Eggleston added that the clemency actions demonstrate Obama's belief that America is a nation of second chances.