In 1944, Thomas Dewey, the Republican nominee for President, has this to say about a multi-term President:
“Four terms, or sixteen years, is the most dangerous threat to our freedom ever proposed.” (1)
Dewey was referring to Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt’s bid for a fourth term for President. FDR ended up winning in ’44, but he died early in the first year of that term. The support that Dewey and others gave to term limiting the President did not go unnoticed. Limiting the President to two terms passed both houses of Congress in 1947. In 1951, the 22nd Amendment was ratified by enough states for its official passage. Since FDR, no President (with the exception of Harry Truman who was exempt from the Amendment) has been able to serve for more than two terms.
What do you think? Should there be term limits on a President?
— (1) For more information about the Election of 1944, you can find it here.