Can you spot the mistakes?

"Apparently term limits apply to 'The West Wing.' :

Richard Schiff, who plays White House communications director Toby Ziegler on the NBC political drama, says he doesn't expect the show to last much longer...

'The plans are that it's going to go a full term, eight years. Thank God, constitutionally we can't go more than that,' said Schiff, who was nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy in 2002...

Presidents can serve two four-year terms -- a total of eight years."
First of all, this is a tv show we're discussing. Martin Sheen is not really the President.

Second, according to Amendment XXII, Section 1 of the Constitution: 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. Which means that someone could serve as president for ten years (for example, Gerald Ford, had he been elected in 1976, could have run again in 1980).

If you're going to inform the public, get your facts straight and don't confuse television with reality.

(link from tvtattle)

1 comment:

Aravis said...

If a person acting as president for 2 years is completing another president's term, and he can only be elected 1x in consequence, that equals 6 years, not 10.