SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Through 150 years of attentive governing and 21 Constitutional Amendments, not much about our system was left to chance or interpretation. The 22nd Amendment resolved one issue that was by officially limiting presidents to two terms in office.
A matter of course from the time that George Washington refused a third term, the two-term standard was officially stipulated shortly after Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to four consecutive terms through the Great Depression and into World War II. Historians have seen two sides of that decision ever since.
"Unfortunately, one of the things I see in elected officials is, the President spends the first term, whether he's Republican or Democrat, almost pandering to his political and monetary base so they can get a second term,'' says Congressman Jack Kingston. "And then once they're in a second term, they're lame ducks and nobody listens to them. So I think it's something that we should be mindful that it did not necessarily make a better product.''
FDR died just three months into his fourth term and Harry Truman, who succeeded him, was exempted from the 22nd Amendment.
But Truman chose not to run for what would have been his third term.