The 22nd Amendment says “no person shall be elected to the office of the president more than twice,” so, conspiracy mutterings that President Barack Obama would probably seek a third term never got much traction before the November election. But the rumor will surely start to dog the president now that legislation has been proposed that would allow him yet another shot at the White House.
Rep. Jose E. Serrano, D-N.Y., introduced a bill on Jan. 4, House Joint Resolution 15, that proposes adding “an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.”
On constituent polling site Pop Vox, the measure currently has only 1 percent support of the 4,281 people weighing in on it. It's also not being supported by any advocacy groups.
Before Serrano's bill was introduced, MSNBC had called the three-term allegations "bizarre." That followed comments in November on the Alex Jones Radio show by prominent conservative investment advisor Porter Stansberry. Pointing to a booming oil industry and shale business, Stansberry said Obama would have an extra industrial edge that would propel him to another stint in the Oval Office.
"He's going to use all that power and leverage to propel himself into a third term," Stansberry said at the time.
Only one president has served more than two terms. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was 83 days into his fourth term when he died on April 12, 1945. Others before him, including Teddy Roosevelt, tried for a third term but lost.
The 22nd Amendment was passed in 1951.
As it's sure to be better known by conspiracists in coming days, "H.J. Res. 15" was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. This isn't the first time Serrano has tried to scrap the 22nd Amendment. He introduced H.J. Res. 5 back in 2009.
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