One more Red White and Blue Comment

The Red White and Blue Trivia test was posted by Xfinity News on my home page. It ran for one day, the 4th of July. I took the test a couple of times before decideding to use it in my blog. Each time I took it there were different questions that popped up.

One question that I missed had to do with term limits for the President. I was not able to find the question again in spite of spending quite a bit of time looking for the test and “googling” all combos of trivia, Xfinity News etc.

A House in Taunton with patriotic Bunting and Flag

The best I can remember the question went something like this:

The President of the United States cannot serve more that 8 years in that office. True of False

I said True. There are term limits. Originally George Washington set a precedent by refusing to run for a 3rd term. That was enough until Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected for a 4th term. At that time the 22nd amendment was passed to set a limit on the length of time a person can be elected to the Highest office in the Land.

The 22nd Amendment states that no person elected president and no person to hold the office of president for more than two years is allowed to be elected more than once more. It makes no difference whether the two terms are consecutive.

I wish I had written down the exact wording of the question because they said the correct answer was FALSE.

I guess if a President gained office by finishing out the term of a another president( think LBJ after the Kennedy assination or Gerald Ford after Nixon’s resignation) then was elected in his own right, he could possibly serve more than 8 years as President. Then I would have to agree that the correct answer would be False.

Since the quiz didn’t give explanations, just the answers, I removed that question when I posted it because I think it’s a very obscure point and not one that most of us need to know. I think the point of the question is that we have term limits.

What do you think? Any political science readers with additional insights?

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