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Is it true that in the face of a crisis, the current President can remain in office even when his term is up?

Is it true that even though Bush's term is up, he can remain in office if there were some sort of crisis? What entails a "crisis"? Is it possible we may not even have an election in November?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:37 PM on Oct. 2, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (13)
  • I think it has to be something along the lines of global nuclear war or an alien attack!!! Not likely to happen that is. I think the only time in American history is during WWII when Roosevelt served a third term.

    Answer by RNMOMO4 at 2:40 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • You know Americans are way too opinionated and set in their ways to let that happen! There are so many people fired up about this election, that it would take something like RNMOM04 mentioned to keep it from going forward.

    Answer by brandyj at 2:44 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • At a time of war, a president can stay in office.

    Answer by duckey060504 at 3:07 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • God help us!

    Answer by njmommy2boys at 4:34 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • I think it can only be a crisis the current president did not create. I think Bush has over stayed his welcome and no one will fight to keep in in the White House any longer.

    Answer by JenG at 4:55 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • at a 70% disapproval rating, he'd have to have a colossal pair to try such a stunt . . .


    Answer by autodidact at 5:00 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • In the face of a disaster like the first poster mentioned, or even something on the scale of Hurricane Katrina happening again (oh, please God, NO!) the president can declare martial law and suspend the election and possibly even stage a coup, but thankfully Bush does not have the popular or the military backing to do so.

    Answer by pagan_mama at 5:27 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • Dear God I hope not!

    Answer by Madge1428 at 5:28 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • Amendment 22 - Presidential Term Limits...1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding the office of President, when this Article was proposed by the Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding the office of President, or acting as President, during the term within which this Article becomes operative from holding the office of President or acting as President during the remainder of such term. http://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_Am22.html

    Answer by imchristian2001 at 5:34 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

  • the last one to serve more than 2 terms was FDR who served 4. 3 in war time last one just because he was VERY POPULAR. The amendment was Proposed 3/21/1947 after his death and Ratified 2/27/1951 the only President who now can serve more than 2 terms is one who took office after their predecessor dies more than halfway thru thier term. In other words if McCain dies in office and has served more than 1/2 of his term (2yrs) Palin takes over can have 2 terms plus whatever time she served after McCain died. I am not saying any of this will happen I just used them as an example the same could be said for Obama/Biden


    Answer by imchristian2001 at 5:43 PM on Oct. 2, 2008

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