John Quincy Adams and George Walker Bush

I saw the following quote in a fundraising pitch from The Independent Institute*:

“During this time, President Bush has become the first full-term president since John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) NOT to have vetoed a SINGLE bill.”

Information from the Office Clerk of the House confirms this statement(

It is certainly an attention getting statistic… I don’t rightly know what to make of it, other than it only re-emphasizes the exceptional nature of the Bush Presidency.

* Yes, I’m aware of where their money comes from, like everyone else on the right. At the same time, I have a lot more respect for truly libertarian institutions like this. These folks are generally a lot more coherent and consistent than their brethren… and they’ve been consistently and highly critical of the Bush’s administration’s policies re: the war in Iraq, civil liberties, and expansion of police power.

Thomas Leavitt