According to Bush's biography (a fairly recent book) he had barely heard about the Plame case before the media broke the story; the outing was a non-Presidential decision that had its origins elsewhere, and scooter took the blame. In politics, you find a fall guy for the thing, then he gets off - for good or bad.
Scooter Libby was a scapegoat, a person who suffered to wash
away the sins of others. The vice president was the true source of the illegal
information that revealed Valerie Plame’s role in the CIA. He should have been impeached
for harming national security, and Robert Novak should have been indicted for
publishing information he knew was illegal to disseminate. It made no sense for Mr. Libby to do time, though, when the political situation let the real lawbreakers walk free.
George W. Bush should take Scooter Libby's place in jail for war crimes against Iraqi civilians who died thanks to the invasion in 2003. Many civilians were kidnapped and killed when al-Qaeda entered Iraq after Saddam Hussein's forces retreated. There was no such chaos in Iraq until democracy came. At least Hussein was good for something. Libby should be exonerated because he was the fall guy for the Bush administration's outing of Valerie Plame. Bush should take his place in federal prison.
No one should be exempt from the law if found guilty by a jury of their peers. In commuting Lewis "Scooter" Libby's sentence, George W. Bush became judge and jury for an individual who, as a public servant, perjured himself and compromised the safety of another. Even more egregious, Libby committed these crimes while working for the Bush administration. How does our particular form of government work effectively, and as intended, if the executive branch grants clemency for a member of it's own thereby rendering the judicial branch powerless?
Lewis "Scooter" Libby broke the law when he exposed the identity of a covert CIA agent and then again when he lied to a grand jury. People in power often use the influence of their position to circumvent the law and have an expectation of going unpunished. When those in power are held accountable for their actions some of the balance of law in a society is restored.