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Melissa Harris-Perry to Obama: Pardon People, Not Just Turkeys

Melissa Harris-Perry

On Saturday’s "Melissa Harris-Perry Show," the MSNBC host read an open letter to the turkey pardoned by President Barack Obama just before Thanksgiving, urging Cobbler  — and by extension, Obama — to take an interest in the people seeking pardons, not just the fowl.

Obama has pardoned just 2 percent of applicants during his first term — 1 in 47 of those who applied, making his the lowest pardon rate of any of the past five presidents.

By contrast, Ronald Reagan pardoned nearly 1 in 3 applicants, and no president, except George W. Bush, has had as low a pardon rate as the current president.

Harris-Perry walked viewers though some of the more egregious cases of those seeking pardons who have thus far been denied, and asked for a little holiday spirit from the White House.

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