Wednesday, December 8, 2010

22nd Amendment Video

"Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President when this article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term.
Section 2. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years from the date of its submission to the States by the Congress."
- 22nd Amendment of the United States Constitution
The 22nd amendment was primarily designed to establish that no President of the United States can be elected to more than two terms. It also limits the maximum time a President may serve to 10 years, if one should succeed to the office. Since the presidency of George Washington, only one thing could be said to be totally consistent, that no President had the job for more than two full terms. Washington had been asked to run for a third term in 1796, but he made it quite clear that he had no intention of doing so; that an orderly transition of power was needed to set the Constitution in stone. And so it was for almost 150 years. This amendment does not really relate to me but I think it is important to understand them all.
The video I chose for this amendment is a brief excerpt from an interview with  Barrack Obama. Obama admits in the interview that he plans to be in office from "8-10 years." I think it is interesting that Obama plans to re-run for the presidential position. It will be interesting to see if he makes the office or not.

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