The Washington Times - January 28, 2009, 07:07AM

On his last day in office, President Bush denied pardons for several infamous businessmen and politicians such as former Rep. Duke Cunningham and ex-financier Michael Milken, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.

He also denied pardons for Indian activist Leonard Peltier and American Taliban John Walker Lindh.


Unlike President Clinton, Bush “seems to go out of his way to deny the high rollers,” a U.S. official said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Bush was “very proud” of not issuing pardons to prominent people.

“Obviously, he didn’t realize he was throwing away a golden opportunity to make money,” said Rod Blagojevich.

“Whew! I’m glad my pardon request came up when it did,” said Marc Rich.

“Hey! What about me?” said Scooter Libby.

“Me too!” said Alberto Gonzales.