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Your Monday Trivia Question

I’m tired and bored and don’t want to go to work but have to, so I’m gonna screw with y’all.

There is a single sentence contained within an Amendment to the United States Constitution that has literally only applied to one person throughout the amendment’s existence and will never apply to anyone else ever again. Name the amendment and the person in question.

Comments will be screened to protect the correct answer from being given away immediately.

Nobody got it.

The 22nd Amendment. The specific sentence in question is in bold.

Section 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.

That person was Harry S. Truman. At the time of the amendment’s drafting, Truman was serving out the remainder of the term for Franklin D. Roosevelt, who died in the first year of his fourth term. With the exception written into the amendment he could have (if he had chosen to pursue a third term) served as President for 11 consecutive years.


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  1. February 5, 2007 at 11:24 pm

    I haven’t the faintest idea, and I should know — this is the kind of stuff I ususally know, since it fascinates me.

  2. February 6, 2007 at 4:47 am

    I spent time looking online for some kind of thing to give a hint for like…a goddamn hour and then just gave up.

    So yeah. You’re a bit of a bastard, but really, we already knew that.

    • February 6, 2007 at 4:57 am

      Really, it’s the US Constitution that’s a bastard.

      • February 6, 2007 at 5:25 am

        Oh, yeah, blame the Constitution.

        What are you, a communist now? Jerk.

      • February 6, 2007 at 6:30 pm

        I’m such a commie, my poop is red. My doctor says it’s something else, but trust me. I’m a communist.

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