June 09, 2011


Obama Most Veto-Shy President in More than a Century

President Obama has vetoed just two bills as president -- an average of one every 435 days he has been in office -- which Smart Politics says is the most infrequent use of the president's veto power since James Garfield was president 130 years ago.
 
Even though Obama worked with a Democratic-controlled Congress for the first 700+ days of his administration, his veto rate still lags far behind the seven presidents since 1881 who worked with a legislative branch controlled by their own party throughout the entirety of their tenure: Franklin Roosevelt (one veto every 7 days), Teddy Roosevelt (33 days), William McKinley (39 days), Calvin Coolidge (41 days), John Kennedy (49 days), Lyndon Johnson (63 days), and Warren Harding (147 days).

The most frequent user of the veto: Grover Cleveland, who vetoed a bill once every five days in office.










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