Many people were enthusiastic about the decision, which officials said could clear about 6,500 people who were convicted on federal charges between 1992 and 2021, as well as thousands more who were convicted of possession in the District of Columbia.
Although the pardons could seriously affect thousands of Americans, they also inspired humorous responses from many Twitter users.
Some imagined possible headlines.
Others shouted out the people who would really appreciate the news.
Others considered the political ramifications.
Some smelled opportunity.
Some people wondered if Biden should’ve prioritized other things instead.
But one person had a problem with the timing of the announcement.