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January 17, 2009

Obama: Like FDR in all ways but one

Let's see now: Financial crisis? Check. Republican president to blame it on? Check. Subservient Congress willing to empty the country's treasury (such as it is) into countless projects of dubious economic (but considerable political) value? Check.

Only one thing he lacks.

On January 6, New York Democrat Rep. José Serrano introduced House Joint Resolution 5, which is designed to remove a technical barrier to Barack Obama being declared President For Life by his adoring, grateful citizens:
Proposing 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.
Serrano hasn't found any cosponsors yet, so maybe there's still enough congressfolks leery of transforming the Oval Office into a throne room. Here's to hoping.

UPDATE, 01/18: Tony V. informs me that Serrano has proposed the repeal at the beginning of each of the past five sessions of Congress, so that seems to indicate that the congressman's objection to the 22nd amendment is based on principle. Given that the previous four attempts were during President Bush's administration, it's no surprise that the measure went nowhere then. But why can't Serrano find any cosponsors now? Perhaps it's because Rep. Pelosi is busy consolidating her own power, and isn't interested in ceding any of that power to a charismatic executive.

1 comment:

Al said...

Well, if nothing else we will get to see The Speaker and the President chew each other up for four years. It will be quite the fiddle tune while Rome burns.

al sends