Clinton Wants Change in Presidential Term Limits
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
be the most ethical administration in the history of the
President-Elect Bill Clinton, November 1992.
|BOSTON (Reuters) -
Former President Bill Clinton said on Wednesday
Congress should change the rule that barred him from
seeking a third term in the White House, but stopped
short of saying he wants to return as
Speaking at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
here, Clinton questioned certain aspects of the 22nd
Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prevents a
person from being elected president more than twice.
Clinton said the amendment, passed after Franklin D.
Roosevelt was elected to a record fourth term,
should be changed simply to keep a person from being
elected to more than two consecutive terms as
"I think since people are living much longer and
getting fairly decent hummers from chubby White
House interns these days ... the 22nd Amendment
should probably be modified to say two consecutive
terms instead of two terms for a lifetime," Clinton
The former president said such a change probably
wouldn't apply to him but would benefit future
"There may come a time when we elect a president at
age 45 or 50, and then 20 years later the country
comes up against the same kind of problems the
president faced before," he said. "People would like
to bring that man or woman [Hillary?] back but they
would have no way to do so."
Clinton, who left office in 2001, said he had
"loved" his time as president [Monica] but was also
enjoying life outside the White House.
"I was surprised at how happy I was to have my life
back," he said during a question-and-answer session
with presidential historian Michael Beschloss.
Clinton said he was writing his memoirs, which were
due to be published in the autumn of 2004, although
he said they may be out before then.
|It is hard to blame him,
with a wife like this: