I've been hearing a lot how Steven Spielberg's movie "Lincoln" resonates politically with our times: entrenched opposition and the need for half-loaf compromise to move forward. I agree, but there's one area in which two Illinois citizens, presidents Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama, are radically different: mercy.
Obama says he emulates Lincoln, especially in bringing political rivals into his administration. But when it comes to granting pardons, charity-for-all Lincoln beats Obama hands down, as shown in the movie. Consider the number of pardons Obama's granted with the number he's rejected compared to our past five presidents:
• Ronald Reagan: 1 in 8