Origins of the Presidency and Official Duties


Have other term limits been suggested?

Since the Twenty-second Amendment was passed in 1951, several presidents—including Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan—have called for its repeal. Their main argument has centered on the fact that the amendment places an arbitrary time limit on the office, and that the ultimate will of the people should be regarded when electing their chief officer, despite the amount of time that he has already served. Critics of the amendment concur, saying the time limit undercuts the authority of a two-term president, especially in the latter half of his second term. Still other presidents, most recently Jimmy Carter, have lobbied for a single, nonrenewable six-year term, arguing that this time period would allow the president to more feasibly focus on implementing long-term policies that would benefit the nation and release him from the pressure of campaigning for a second term—a cumbersome task that ultimately distracts him from the day-to-day responsibilities of the office.


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