This week, President Obama will be the first president in US history to go to federal prison.
Obama’s done a lot of things that no president’s ever done before, of course. Now, if only they’ll keep him there…
If the president grants another 40 or so commutations as expected, he will have shortened the sentences of more prisoners than any president since Gerald Ford, who extended clemency to thousands of Vietnam draft dodgers. (Obama’s record on pardoning ex-convicts outside of prison, however, has remained stingy by historical standards.)
Smith, who has hired former Obama “body man” Reggie Love and former Obama Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco has enjoyed an unprecedented level of media access from the White House.