From NBC Chicago's Ward Room:
Jesse Jackson Jr. urged President Barack Obama Thursday to pardon millions of former prison inmates, a group that would include Jackson and his wife, former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson.Junior and his wife, a former Chicago aldermen, used $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items, many of them strange, at least for a pol, such as mounted elk heads and a guitar once owned by Eddie Van Halen.
In his open letter to the president, which Jackson posted to his Facebook page early Thursday morning, the former congressman claimed that "the great 2016 pardoning of the masses will create a resounding echo in history and will mark you as the greatest Christian president ever to serve."
"Mr. President, for those Americans who have traipsed through the criminal justice system and transcended transgression by duly serving time, the outcome should be clear," Jackson wrote in the post. "An official declaration of TIME SERVED, for each and every eligible member of the American family, from the highest office of the land is the only response congruent with the redemption story of Christ."
"Truly, Mr. President, with a presidential pardon equally monumental to, and greater in scope than, the Emancipation Proclamation the legacy of Barack Hussein Obama II will be one of faith, hope and love," he added.