What gives with Jack Johnson pardon?

George W. Bush and Barack Obama both sat on a pardon for Black boxer Jack Johnson.(1) Unanswered is why Obama had to sign unless Congress had gone out of session after passing the resolutions.(2)

Perhaps the power to pardon is reserved to the president.

Note:
1. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/columnists/owen_slot/article6888297.ece
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_veto

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