His actions come more than a year after the Justice Department launched a new prison initiative.
Under current sentencing guidelines many of those receiving clemency would have already served their time in prison.
“What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy?” the president asked.
“What if we carried ourselves more like Ted Kennedy?” the president asked. “What if we worked to follow his example a little bit harder?”
The labor secretary and senior Obama adviser will visit more than seven states to promote the policy.
The administration says he has cut special interests’ sway. Critics say he’s kept talented people away.
The U.S. has been reassessing relations with Israel since the prime minister’s reelection, Obama said.
Many of his predecessors saw the Maryland retreat as a refuge, but he prefers more urban pursuits.
President argues that the start of the Persian New Year offers an opportunity for the Iranian government to reunite Americans with their families.
A 10-year plan with business would remove the equivalent of 5.5 million cars off the road each year.